First : Obtaining
Foreign Trade Dealing Registration (Number Password)
Importing into the PNA areas requires obtaining Foreign Trade
Dealing Registration, which is a one-time authorization to trade, applicable
for both export and import across international borders. This is a "number
password" which will be registered in the Israeli computer system. It is worth
noting that the importing process can not take place without this "number
To obtain this registration, procedures start at the Ministry of National
Economy /Consumer Services Department, goes to the Office of the Commercial
Affairs Coordinator in Beit El and then back to the Consumer Services
Department or the Clearing Agent office.
The special forms of the Foreign Trade Dealing Registration are obtained at the
Ministry of National Economy /Consumer Services Department or from its
offices in the governorates.
The Foreign Trade Dealing registration may be obtained for a company (carries
the corporate registration number) or for an individual trader (carries the
identity card number of the trader).
Documents required for obtaining Foreign
Trade Dealing registration:
Three copies of the corporate registration
Three copies of the corporate registration application.
copies of the identity card.
Acquittance from the Income Tax and VAT departments.
handicraft certificate from the municipality
A certificate from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
After filling the forms and preparing the documents, the application is
submitted to the Ministry of National Economy /Consumer Services
Department. The person in charge reviews and verifies the application and makes
sure that all the documents are complete. In the event the application is
submitted in the governorates offices, it is also verified and sent to the
headquarters of the Ministry of National Economy in Ramallah.
The importer is given a copy of the application signed by the Director General
of Trade as a proof that he is an importer in the Palestinian territories.
The time cycle needed, after delivering the application at Beit El, for
registering the "number password" in the Israeli computer system at all the
Israeli entry points ranges between one and two weeks.
After two weeks, the importer has to make sure, through his clearing agent,
that the "number password" has entered the Israeli computer system at all the
In the event the "pass word" has not entered the Israeli computer after two
weeks, the importer has to inform the Consumer Services Department at the
Ministry of National Economy.
Foreign Trade Dealing Registration is a one-time authorization for trade and it
continues to be valid provided that it is used at least once annually,
otherwise it will be cancelled.
Second: Import Licenses
Import Licenses are granted as follows:
Import licenses according to lists
A1,A2 & B
These are the lists in which the Palestinian National Authority, in accordance
with Paris Protocol, has the right to apply, within pre-determined quotas, its
customs rates, purchase tax and other import charges on those goods, in
addition to defining standard requirements.
Goods imported under list A1 must be locally produced in Jordan, Egypt or in
other Arab countries. Goods imported under lists A2 can be imported from Arab,
Islamic or other countries. Goods imported under list B are not subject to
quantitative restrictions but are subject to Israeli standards.
Import licenses according to quotas:Commodities imported from the United States
of America, European Union and Turkey in limited quantities and low customs
fees and taxes.
Motor vehicles licenses:
This requires approval from the Ministry of Transportation.
Other import licenses:
Other types of goods that require from the importer obtaining an import license
for various reasons.
An import license consists of four forms and
every form consists of three copies in different colors (white, red and green).
Following are the forms:
Import License in Arabic and English
Import License in Hebrew and English
Proforma Order for Importing Goods Based on the License in Arabic and English
Proforma Order for Importing Goods Based on the License in Hebrew and English.
These forms are obtained free of charge from the Ministry of National
Economy / Consumer Services Department or the Ministry's offices in the
governorates. They must be typed in English only in offices that provide such
services or in the clearing agents' offices. The form must be signed and sealed
by the importing side (firm or individual).
The form must be clean and void of any scratching or handwriting and must
include a single item identified by one tariff code and one origin.
The import application is submitted to the Consumer Services Department
(registrar) for verification or one of the Ministry's offices in the
governorates, which in turn verifies it and send it to the Ministry's
headquarters in Ramallah.
The Consumer Services Department puts the "pass word" on the license and
delivers it to the importer.
The importer has to check with the clearing agent to make sure whether the
imported goods need a license from the Ministry or not.
The import application includes the following
The computer (number password), which consists of 9 digits and is obtained
after the final approval on the application. The serial number of the
application is written on the right corner.
The name of the company or person/ identity card number. The name of the
company should be written in Latin letters and in Arabic pronunciation.
Example:Sharihah Al-Wattanyah Lel-Tijarah Wal-Istithmar
Company's place of service and address for correspondence as shown in the
company's registration certificate.
Importer card Number:
The same registration number of the company or the identity card number of the
importer if the importer is an individual.
Type of Commodities:
Name of the imported commodities.
Terms of Payment:
FOB (A pricing term indicating that the price includes the cost of loading the
goods into transport vessels at a specified place. The exporter is no longer
responsible for the goods once they have been placed on the ship at the port of
departure). CIF means cost, insurance and freight and it is a pricing term
indicating that the price includes the costs of goods in the country of origin
on the day of clearance, and all the costs incident to delivery at the port of
entry in the country of destination.
The way goods are wrapped, boxed or consigned to the importer's address. This
may be in cartons or wooden boxes, free wrappers or sacks or loaded in trucks
(as sheep) during shipment.
Total units of imported goods.
Price of measurement unit in dollar.
N.B. If the goods are of the same type but of different size (or of
any other difference), the average price is calculated and Average is written
opposite to the price.
Value in Purchase Currency:
The total value of the imported goods in the currency in which the goods were
purchased whether in $US or in any other currency.
Value in $US:
If the goods are purchased in a currency other than $US, the total value is
converted to $US.
Country of Purchase:
The country from which the goods are purchased.
Country of Export:
The country from which the goods are exported.
Country of Import:
The country which imported the goods.
Name of the Exporter:
The name of the company from which the goods are purchased.
Address of the Exporter:
The address of the company from which the goods are purchased.
Validity of the License:
Validity of the import license is 6 months and renewable to another 6 months.
The imported goods may be divided, in agreement with the customs authorities of
the crossing points through which the goods enter, into parts. 19. Port of
Entry: The port or crossing point through which the goods will enter.