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Import Procedures:

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 password".

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Companies

  1. Three copies of the corporate registration
  2. Three copies of the corporate registration application.

Individuals

  1. Three copies of the identity card.
  2. Acquittance from the Income Tax and VAT departments.
  3. A handicraft certificate from the municipality
  4. 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 crossing points. 

Important Remarks

  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Motor vehicles licenses:
    This requires approval from the Ministry of Transportation.
  4. 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:

  1. Import License in Arabic and English
  2. Import License in Hebrew and English
  3. Proforma Order for Importing Goods Based on the License in Arabic and English
  4. 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 items:

  1. Licensing Number:

    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.
  2. Importer Name:

    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
  3. Importer Address:

    Company's place of service and address for correspondence as shown in the company's registration certificate.
  4. Importer card Number:

    The same registration number of the company or the identity card number of the importer if the importer is an individual.
  5. Type of Commodities:

    Name of the imported commodities.
  6. 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.
  7. Packaging:

    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.
  8. Measurement Unit:

    • 1Kg if the goods are weighed
    • 1M if the goods are measured in length
    • 1M2 if the goods are measured in area
    • 1PC if the goods are in pieces
    • Measurement unit of cigarettes is 1000 cigarettes.

      N.B. Ton; dozen and gallon should be avoided as measurement units.

  9. Quantity:

    Total units of imported goods.
  10. Unit Price:

    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.

  11. 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.
  12. Value in $US:

    If the goods are purchased in a currency other than $US, the total value is converted to $US.
  13. Country of Purchase:

    The country from which the goods are purchased.
  14. Country of Export:

    The country from which the goods are exported.
  15. Country of Import:

    The country which imported the goods.
  16. Name of the Exporter:

    The name of the company from which the goods are purchased.
  17. Address of the Exporter:

    The address of the company from which the goods are purchased.
  18. 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.
 

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