Israel is considered the most advanced country in Southwest Asia and the Middle East in terms of economic and industrial development. It has a well-educated population that has spurred the country’s high-technology boom and rapid economic development. Learn more about this dynamic country, and see why to export from the US to Israel is a good idea for your business.

Israel has the second-largest number of start-up companies in the world (after the US), and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside North America. Intel and Microsoft built their first overseas research and development centers in Israel, and other high-tech multi-national corporations have also opened R&D facilities in the country.

Imports to Israel include raw materials, military equipment, and fuels. Israel has one of the lowest external debts in the developed world, and is one of the world’s most durable economies in times of economic crisis. If you’re an exporter, it makes good sense for you to start to export from the US to Israel.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

If you are shipping a container to Israel, you may have exclusive use of a shipping container (called a full container load, or FCL), or you may opt for a shared container (known as groupage, or a less-than-container load-LCL).

If your shipment will be equal to at least six standard pallets, then a full container load (FCL) is for you, as your goods will occupy more than half of a 20-foot container, which takes a maximum of 10 standard pallets. A larger, 40-foot container can carry 22 of these pallets.

FCL is also desirable if you are concerned with keeping your goods isolated from those of other exporters to avoid the possibility of contact damage.

Otherwise, groupage-a shared container (LCL)-is a great way to save on costs for a smaller shipment. You will pay only for the space you use with this arrangement. Please consult iContainers for rates and related details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Israel

  • Port of Ashdod
    The Port of Ashdod is located about 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and adjoins the mouth of the Lachish River. Most of the port’s work is carried out on six conventional piers that handle a wide variety of cargo; these piers can handle all types of ships of up to 30,000 tons. Pier no. 5 has been deepened and fitted to accommodate Panamax-type ships of up to 60,000 tons deadweight. The piers are outfitted with excellent equipment for efficient operation. There are also four berths for RORO ships, one of them on the container pier.

  • Port of Haifa
    Haifa is the largest of Israel’s international seaports. It has a natural deep-water harbor that operates all year long, and serves both passenger and merchant ships. It is one of the largest ports in the eastern Mediterranean in terms of freight volume; in 2013, the port processed about 26 million tons of cargo, including 1.36 million TEUs. The Port of Haifa boasts many cargo terminals, and is capable of servicing many ships at once.

Air Freight Transportation to Israel

In some instances, air freight is preferable to ocean freight for your shipments, especially if your shipment is urgent. As air freight does impose some limitations on volume and weight, iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.