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How much VAT will you pay?

The simple calculator for how much Value Added Tax you will pay when importing items to Israel.

You will pay $5 total

Combination of VAT and CIF

or USD in VAT alone

or USD (Item and Shipping Cost - no VAT)

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About the site

Our site is responsive (works on Desktops, Tablets, and Smartphones), and really easy to use. It is created by a small team of dedicated people who love shopping online and comparing prices on products before ordering.

The sliders alter the cost of the item itself as well as shipping. There are also advanced settings which alter the VAT percentage, this is great for adjusting to different countries and to experiment.

We strongly recommend paying in USD (even with a foreign credit card), because currency rates fluctuate. Your order could be below $75 one day, but over it the next. And then, the tax authority could charge you VAT of 17% and hold your package. It is not worth the gamble in most cases.

Note that: currently, Israel has a 17% VAT charge on orders greater than or equal to $75 (not including shipping). If you order on Amazon, you are covered under their Amazing Import Deposit Fee policy. There is a deeper explanation in that link.

Next, try to split up your orders so they don't get consolidated. The official recommendation is 3 days between orders.

In addition, discount codes, coupons, and gift cards are generally considered forms of payment. This means: If the value of the item before the discount is $75 or above, you should expect to pay VAT on the value (at the original price) before the discounts.

Currently, this calculator is only calculating VAT. If you exceed $500 or purchase an item such as a car part, you may be subject to additional charges from the Tax Authority as well as the delivery company. In the near future, we will add additional features to help calculate this. As of now, you can scroll down to the sources section to get a full picture.

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Additional Fees

Note that there may be additional fees (Not VAT), if your items exceed the value of $75. In addition, on items valued at over $1000, there will be additional fees based on the product category.

Here is DHL's Fee Chart for Example:

Fee Chart
עמלהTranslationFee (Shekels)
שירות שחרור ממכס והקצאת אשראיCustoms clearance service and credit allocation67
(מעל $1000\חוקיות יבוא)שירות שחרור ממכס והקצאת אשראיCustoms clearance service and credit allocation (Above $1000/Import legality)290
סיווג יש למעלה מ-5 פריטים במשלוחOver 5 items in shipment60
דמי הרשאה רש"תAuthorization Fee (Airport Authority)27

The airport authority actually tacks on that additional fee. Other delivery companies may have different processes and additional charges. Note that, if you order through Amazon, you are already covered by their Import Deposit Fees as we mentioned earlier.

EMS (Express mail) which works internationally. But in Israel, דואר ישראל takes care of מכס - Customs for you and then charges you when it hits the post office. We hate being hit with unknown fines and fees, so try to avoid using EMS unless you have to. EMS Services: Express Mail, UPS, FedEx, and other express delivery services. Occasionally, Israel Post and DHL are also considered an EMS. TL;DR - the fees get passed on from the sender to the recipient.

Table of Tax Rates

Tax Rates
Tax CalculationCustoms DutiesPurchase Tax (מכס)VAT (מע"מ)Purchase Amount
Value of the package onlyExemptExemptExemptLess than $75
Value of the package onlyExemptTaxable (as applicable)Taxable$75 to $500
The value of the package (including shipping and insurance)TaxableTaxable (as applicable)Taxable$501 to $1000
The value of the package (including shipping and insurance fees as for commercial imports)TaxableTaxable (as applicable)TaxableOver $1000 (or alcohol and tobacco)

Additional Details

  1. Two or more packages sent from the same supplier to the same customer within 72 hours (3 business days) will be considered one shipment that was split, and import taxes will be calculated on the basis of the total value of all the packages combined.
  2. Shipping and insurance costs are added to the value of the product for tax purposes, and the taxes are calculated for them as well.

Determining the value of a shipment

Customs regulations in Israel define the worth of a personal import as the sum total paid for the product ordered plus the related services (insurance and shipping fees).

VAT and the taxes payable on shipments are calculated by Customs on a CIF basis. In calculating the cost for customs purposes (CIF), three details are taken into account:

  1. The product cost (value of the item)
  2. Insurance (on the package)
  3. Freight (cost of shipping)

Authorities certified to approve import of products to Israel

Ministry of CommunicationsCommunications products and wireless equipmentMigdal Shalom, 9th Floor, 9 Ahad Ha'am St., Tel Aviv03-5198282 03-5198113
Ministry of Agriculture, Plant Protection ServicesPlants and seedsDerech HaMaccabim, Beit Dagan03-9681587
Ministry of TransportationMotor vehicles and car parts5 Bank of Israel Street, Jerusalem03-5657117
Ministry of Health - the Food ServiceFood products and dietary supplements12 Ha'arba'a Street, Tel Aviv08-6241010
Standards Institution of IsraelProducts that require compliance with the standard (Helmets, gas powered BBQ's, etc.)The Standards Institution of Israel, 42 Chaim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv03-6465164

Prohibited Items for Import

Here is a list of items that are forbidden to import to Israel. Please note that the list may not be complete, there may be exceptions. In addition, you may have been able to import something in the past, But that doesn't indicate whether or not it's permitted:

  • Illegal drugs and narcotics
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Foodstuffs:
    • Ice
    • Animal food
    • Milk and Dairy products
    • Banana and pineapples are completely restricted, though other fruits and vegetable are allowed (unless they have originated in Africa)
    • Plant products & seeds
  • Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Chemicals
  • Radioactive material
  • Forged or counterfeit currency and documents
  • Fake or counterfeit products
  • Bearer Documents
  • Jewelry (Over $500 in value)
  • Precious Metals/Stones
  • Collectible Coins
  • Fabrics & fabric samples
  • Medical samples
  • Medical/dental supplies & equipment
  • Ship spares
  • Used Bike/Motorcycle Helmets
  • Radar equipment
  • Cordless telephones with a range of up to 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz
  • Games of chance and gambling machines
  • Military Equipment:
    • Explosives and ammunition
    • Knives larger than 10cm
  • Inflammatory material
  • Pornographic material/Sex toys
  • Products Made in Iran
  • Equipment with batteries exceeding 20 wH
    • Electric Bikes
    • Electric Wheelchairs
    • Laptops with external batteries
    • Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs)
    • Small in-house power generators

Goods that need prior authorization from the appropriate authorities

  • Animals (Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Smoked Salmon (Ministry of Health)
  • Spices (Ministry of Health)
  • Beer (Ministry of Commerce and Trade). This authorization is not required if no more than 2 liters are being imported on a private basis.
  • Coffee (If the shipment exceeds 5 kg (11 lbs) in weight, an authorization from the Ministry of Health is required.)
  • Fresh Meat (Ministry of Agriculture/Ministry of Health)
  • Tobacco (Institute of Standards)
  • Weapons (Ministry of Interior)
  • Plants, and plant products (Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals (Ministry of Health)
  • Automotive parts (Ministry of Transportation)
  • Broadcasting equipment (Ministry of Communication)
  • Equipment which connects to the Bezeq network: phones, answering machines, fax machines, modems etc. (Ministry of Communication)
  • Cellular phones (Ministry of communication)
  • R/C Cars, Drones, GPS, Antennas, etc. (Ministry of communication)
  • Remote Controls for TVs (Institute of Standards)

Tax Offices in Israel

Tax Offices
Tel AvivDerech HaHagana 137, Yad Eliyahu, Tel Aviv03-9421730
JerusalemShatner Center, Givat Shaul Bet, Jerusalem 9199902-6526193
Haifa19 Pal-Yam Ave., Shikmona, P.O.B. 245, Haifa 3199904-8664130
EilatCentral Post Office, Kenyon Ha'adom Shopping Center, Eilat 8310008-6326476

More phone numbers and information

Special Cases

There are a few special cases, we would like to highlight an overlooked one. If you purchase something and it breaks, you may need to send it abroad for repairs. The Tax Authority acknowledges that, and can refund your VAT Import Fees when the product gets returned. While this process may be a pain, it may be worth it to recover lost VAT costs. Both links are in hebrew, so use google translate if you have any issues.

Personal import tax refund for products returned abroad or sent for repair abroad לידיעת המבקשים החזר מסי יבוא אישי עבור מוצרים שהוחזרו לחו"ל או נשלחו לתיקון בחו"ל

In addition, here is the form for reimbursement.

בקשה להחזר מסי יבוא אישי/בקשה לערעור על גובה המיסים Request for reimbursement of personal import taxes/request to appeal the amount of taxes

Items that are not eligible for the $75 duty exception:

  • Tobacco, Alcohol, and intoxicating beverages
  • Single-use plastic cutlery and dishes (also has an additional plastic tax)