Israel operates import prohibitions for reasons of human health, public morals, environment, and security. It is a signatory to the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes, the Montreal Protocol, and CITES. The importation of 17 products or groups of products is prohibited (Table I). The prohibitions apply equally to all trading partners. The legal basis for Israel's import prohibitions is the Appendix of the 2005 Customs Order and the 2006 Free Import Order. In addition, since December 1994, Israel has maintained a ban on imports of non-kosher meat and meat products. However, the Government permits limited domestic production, sale, and consumption of non-kosher meat.
Items subject to import prohibition
Reason for prohibition
Wine, spirits products and grape juice, whether it is called by a geographical name which is not its place of origin or by a name which incorporates such a geographical name or which may give the impression that it incorporates such a geographical name (22)
Protection of human health
Matches made from white or yellow phosphorus (36.05)
Licentious or indecent films (37.06)
Currency notes, bank notes or coins which are legal tender in any country or which have been at some time legal tender in any country, whether counterfeit or imitation (49.07, 71.18, 97.04)
Tickets or publicity items for lottery or gambling (49.11)
Sales invoice form that is a form or other paper which purports to be a form which it is possible to fill in blank spaces so as to use it as a sales invoice for goods from foreign countries (48.20, 49.11)
Used bags for packaging vegetable material (63.05)
Knives, cutlasses, spears, and swords having a serrated point or sharp blade, except for knives which are of a kind for professional work or domestic use (82.11, 93.07)
Protection of human life
Disruptive instruments of laser speed measuring meters
Firearms resembling a pen, starting pistols, items activated by gas, etc. (93.03)
Nerve gas container resembling a gun (93.04)
Games of chance or part of them as defined in the Penal Code (95.04)
Goods of all types which carry a false commercial description as defined in the Consumer Protection Law of 1981
Postal packages containing live creatures such as vipers, explosives, inflammable materials and other dangerous packages
Used equipment for bee farming
Goods of the kind which are used as tools for preparing or consuming dangerous drugs as defined in the Dangerous Drug Order (1973).
Goods that can be used to incite violence, terror, or racism as defined in Chapter H of the Penal Code
Note: The corresponding HS code is provided in parenthesis.