Shipping & Appliances

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    Aliyah and Your Precious Metals

    The History of Gold and Silver in Israel Since Israel’s founding on May 14, 1948, there have never been any ownership or import restrictions placed on precious metals. More importantly, Israel has never once instituted any form of wealth confiscation of private assets such as precious metals; even during the hyper inflationary periods in the […]

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    Shipping Guide

    This guide provides an overview of importing household goods and personal belongings to Israel. While it is primarily designed to assist individuals who are Olim Chadashim, Katinim Chozrim and Ezrachim Olim, most of the guide will be helpful to anyone who is thinking of shipping goods to Israel.

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    Shipping Guide KEF

    Online Resources For information about choosing a good moving company, see For the Israel Tax Authority’s Guide to Customs, click here. Planning Your Shipment Guest Contributor: Neil Kummer  Shipping Less Than Full Container Loads: Consolitation in Creates and Palletes There are two ways to ship household goods on boats: in full container loads and […]

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    Importing Goods by Postal Packages

    As an Oleh who is entitled to customs benefits, you may consider a postal package containing household items only as one of the 3 shipments exempted from taxes.  A mail package containing only clothing and footwear items that was sent to Israel prior to Aliyah entry date – will be exempt of taxes and will […]

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    Commercial Imports

    Olim and Toshavim Chozrim are entitled to import equipment for opening a business, for a period of three years after their Aliyah. Machinery, appliances, and tools intended for the Oleh to establish a business in an approved industry are exempt from taxes. The exemption is subject to the following terms: The total value of all […]

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    Saving Money by Buying in Israel – Online

    If you’re new to the Israeli retail scene, it is worth becoming acquainted with the Israeli online shopping sites which offer significant discounts on a wide range of new (and discounted) and used products. These sites have become increasingly popular in Israel: One of the most frequently visited sites,, had about 100,000 hits a […]

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    Shipping Musical Instruments

    Here are some recommendations for shipping musical instruments to Israel: Ship your favorite, truly necessary gear to Israel, and sell the rest before you come. If you can afford to upgrade your gear, physically small items are preferable, as space may be at a premium in your new Israeli home. There is some risk involved […]

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    Importing Computers, Phones, TVs and Other Electronic Devices

    Thank you very much to Jonah Wolf, Digital Consultant, for preparing this article. You can contact Jonah at The following advice can help you assess which appliances you should (and should not) bring with you to Israel. Please note: Nefesh B’Nefesh does not take responsibility or endorse the information presented here. Please consult with a professional […]

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    Shipping Books from the U.S. and Canada

    If you’re making Aliyah from North America, here are two ways to ship books. From the US: United Parcel Service For international shipping fees, please click this link for more information. From Canada: International Parcel with Canada Post Aliyah Tip Pack your boxes very tightly and seal them well! Boxes go through some wear and tear during the […]