Ocean Freight Transportation to Israel

Israel is Southwest Asia’s most economically and industrially developed country. Its well-educated population is behind the country’s rapid economic development, which has included a notable high-technology boom. Israel joined the OECD in 2010. Ocean freight transportation to Israel is worth investigating for any exporter.

A number of high-tech multi-national corporations have research and development facilities in the country; Microsoft and Intel each built their first overseas R&D centers in Israel.

Imports to Israel, which totaled $77.59 billion in 2012, include raw materials, military equipment, and, rough diamonds. Israel has one of the lowest external debts in the developed world, and is a net lender in terms of net external debt; it’s also ranked as one of the world’s most durable economies in times of crisis. Learn more about ocean freight transportation from the US to Israel.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Exclusive use of a shipping container is called a full container load, or FCL; a shared container is known as groupage or a less-than-container load-LCL. If you are shipping a container to Israel, you can choose from one of these two options, depending on the circumstances of your shipment.

A full container load (FCL) will be your best option if your shipment is equal to at least six standard pallets, as that occupies more than half of a 20-foot container (which takes a maximum of 10 standard pallets). A 40-foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets.

FCL is also a good choice if you are concerned with keeping your goods separate from those of other exporters in order to avoid any potential damage that might be caused by contact with others’ goods.

If isolation isn’t an issue, then groupage-a shared container (LCL)-is a cost-efficient option for smaller shipments. This way, you will pay only for the space you use. Please consult iContainers for rates and related details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Israel

  • Port of Ashdod
    About 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, at the mouth of the Lachish River, we find the Port of Ashdod. It features six conventional piers that handle all kinds of cargo, as well as ships of up to 30,000 tons. Pier no. 5 can accommodate Panamax-type ships of up to 60,000 tons deadweight. There are also four berths for RORO ships. The piers are outfitted with excellent equipment for efficient operation.
  • Port of Haifa
    Haifa, the largest of Israel’s international seaports, has a natural, year-‘round, deep-water harbor that serves both passenger and trade ships. It is one of the eastern Mediterranean’s busiest ports in terms of freight volume; Haifa processed nearly 26 million tons of cargo in 2013, including 1.36 million TEUs. The port can service many ships at once time, and is equipped with many cargo terminals.

Air Freight Transportation to Israel

Air freight is sometimes preferable to ocean freight, depending on the timeline for your shipment. 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.