The benefits apply to any type of import – via sea, air or postal packages. A file will be opened for you automatically by the Customs authority within 3 days of your Aliyah.
For more info: Customs@nbn.org.il
If you are shipping via sea, and the shipment is larger than a full container, it will count as two shipments, unless both shipments come on the same ship and are cleared through Customs at the same time. Your shipments can come from any country, not only from the country from which you are making Aliyah.
If you are importing via air, you will need to declare your goods at the Customs line at the airport.
For Olim who have not yet opened a file and who are bringing items with them on a flight (Aliyah or other), it is possible to open at file at Ben Gurion Airport. When you arrive, you need to go through the red line and declare that you wish to release your goods as an Oleh. You will leave a deposit, go to the customs office (located opposite terminal 1), open a file and then return to claim your goods with the Oleh benefit.
Please note that the customs office will only open a file for goods that are waiting to be released at Ben Gurion.
In addition, the sum of cash allowed on an Aliyah flight is up to 1,250,000 NIS although any amount above 50,000 NIS must be declared but will not be taxed.
Via postal packages:
See: Importing goods by postal packages
Please note: If you send via registered mail services (such as UPS, FEDEX, DHL etc.) please be in touch with the service you are using prior to shipping your package to ensure that you can go through customs on your own using your Aliyah benefit. You may be required to go in person to Ben Gurion Airport. In most cases, if the courier service pays the customs fee on your behalf you will NOT be able to get a refund.