Guidance

Trade with Israel

How you import from and export to Israel.

UK-Israel trade and partnership agreement

The UK has signed a trade and partnership agreement with Israel, which is in effect.

This guidance provides information on aspects of trade covered by the UK-Israel agreement. It is for UK businesses trading with Israel.

What the agreement includes

This trade and partnership agreement includes provisions on:

  • trade in goods – including provisions on preferential tariffs, tariff rate quotas and rules of origin
  • intellectual property
  • government procurement

Tariff rates on goods

Tariff rates for bilateral trade in goods between the UK and Israel continue to apply as set out in the agreement. However, in some cases, the non-preferential applied rates may, in fact, be lower because of changes in the UK’s Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule.

You can use online tools trade with the UK and check how to export goods to check product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs and regulations that currently apply to UK trade in goods. These tools are regularly updated to reflect any changes.

Tariffs rate quotas

Tariff rate quotas in the agreement have been tailored specifically to the UK.

To find out the tariff rate quotas, see annex A of the parliamentary report.

Rules of origin

Claiming preferential rates for your exports from the UK

Unless you are permitted to provide an origin declaration, you will need to fill in a certificate of origin to claim preferential treatment.

The UK continues to use the EUR1 and EUR-MED format for movement certificates with trade partners that have mutual FTAs with the EU, including Israel. These movement certificates are identical to those previously in use, but the place of origin on the certificate is now marked as the United Kingdom instead of the European Community. EUR1 and EUR-MED certificates of origin that have been updated to show the UK are now available from your usual provider, such as the chambers of commerce.

If you previously used the EUR1 form with a mutual EU trading partner, you can use the new EUR1 form that shows the UK as the place of origin. If you previously used the EUR-MED form with a mutual EU trading partner, you can use the new EUR-MED form that shows the UK as the place of origin.

Using EU materials and processing in your exports to Israel

You can use EU materials or processing in your exports to Israel. The UK and Israel must have fulfilled the necessary requirements set out in the Rules of Origin Protocol. You must also ensure the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and that the other relevant conditions are met.

For example, you cannot simply package or label a product from the EU and export it to Israel as a good originating in the UK.

See the list of minimal operations in Article 7 of the Rules of Origin Protocol in the UK-Israel trade and partnership agreement text.

The ability to consider materials from, or processing carried out in, another country as originating when incorporated into your product is called cumulation.

Using materials and/or processing from other countries in your exports to Israel

If both the UK and Israel has an agreement with one of the other countries listed in the Rules of Origin Protocol, you can continue using materials, and in some cases, processing from that country in your exports to Israel. You must ensure that the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and the other relevant conditions are fulfilled.

Sending your goods to Israel through the EU and other countries

Goods transited through the EU – and any other country with whom cumulation is applicable – are not subject to the same restrictions as those in transit through other third countries.

For example, you can split a consignment in the EU when exporting goods to Israel, provided the goods comprising the consignment have not cleared customs in the EU.

Transit through any other third country is possible provided your goods remain under customs surveillance and do not undergo operations other than unloading, reloading or any operation designed to preserve them in good condition.

Goods in transit and retrospective certificates of origin

If your goods were in transit when the EU-Israel trade agreement ceased to apply to the UK, you can obtain a retrospective certificate of origin. This shows that the goods originated in the UK and are eligible for preferential terms if your goods arrived on, or within 12 months after, the date the UK-Israel trade and partnership agreement started to apply.

You can get retrospective certificates of origin from your usual provider.

Protocol on conformity assessment

The provisions of the EU-Israel protocol on conformity assessment and acceptance of industrial products (ACAA or CAA) have been incorporated into the UK-Israel agreement. The CAA facilitates mutual recognition of each party’s inspectorate results for good manufacturing practice (GMP) for pharmaceuticals. Amendments have been made to the CAA, as expressed in Annex II of the UK-Israel agreement, to remove approximation elements which required Israel to approximate its rules to EU law.

Further information

Find further guidance on exporting.

Find out how the Northern Ireland Protocol could affect your business.

Freight forwarding may save you time and money if you’re exporting large volumes of goods or high value items by sea or air freight. Find out more about freight forwarders.

This guidance is for information only. You should consult your legal advisers if you wish to ensure you understand the legal implications of trading for your business.

Contact

If you have queries about trade, contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Should you wish to speak to someone directly, we have local trade offices based around the UK. Within each office, you can contact an international trade advisor. Find your local trade office.

Published 8 August 2019
Last updated 5 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added the section: Protocol on conformity assessment.

  2. Updated following a content review.

  3. Page updated to provide detailed guidance on how to trade with Israel from 1 January 2021. This includes information on import tariff rates and rules of origin

  4. The previous change note was published in error – no significant updates have been made.

  5. Added details of how this agreement differs from the current EU agreement.

  6. First published.