Good News Concerning the Importation of Electrical Appliances to Israel
For the first time, a new order allows the personal and family importation of electronic goods, with a limit of up to five devices.
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Last week, the Minister of Communications Ayoub Kara signed an amendment to the "Wireless Telegraph Order" which will reduce the barriers and significantly facilitate the import of dozens of electronic products to Israel, as long as it is for one’s own or one’s family use and does’t involve more than 5 devices.
The reality to date has been that the import of electrical products was delayed at customs sometimes even for weeks before they were given, if at all, a permit from the Ministry of Communications. This was because of the 1972 Wireless Telegraph Ordinance according to which "the installation, operation or maintenance of a wireless device” are actions requiring a license from the Ministry of Communications.
This bureaucratic process extends the time it takes from the date of purchase to the actual use of the product, and increases the purchase by several hundred shekels.
Minister Kara explains that the new amendment will release the objects immediately and without the intervention of the Ministry of Communications. "In the coming days, from the moment the order comes into effect, every citizen in the country who wishes to import wireless products privately from abroad will be able to do so without delay. I am continuing the policy that I set for myself when I took the job to lower the bureaucratic barriers and make it easier for citizens interested in importing wireless equipment for their own use."
Following is a list of the products included in the reform that can be imported immediately:
Computer peripherals (mouse, keyboard, or speaker).
Computer screen; document printer and scanner; photocopier.
Home or office video projector.
Video streamers, gaming console.
Tablet, Ipod or laptop.
Desktop computer; TV receiver set-top box, TV tuner, radio receiver.
Spare parts for a cellular telephone (“terminal equipment - radio and cellphone” - as defined in the Bezeq Communications and Broadcasts Order).
Hand watch (which is not a terminal equipment as defined in the Bezeq Communications and Broadcasts Order).
Cellphone speaker for a car.
Camera, not including a security camera.
Home audio system.
Audio amplifier for home use.
The order does not include: drones and smart household products. (The reason for this apparently stems from security issues and the possibility that these are frequencies used by the defense establishment).
In addition, as of 01/01/2019, they may also exempt router access points and WIFI range extenders from import authorization.
"Israeli Shortcut’" chairman welcomes the change which is good news for many foreign citizens. Now they will be able to import and use many electronic products which they used in their home country, which will without a doubt ease the difficulties of acclimatization.