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What is the cheapest way to ship to the active Israeli eCommerce market?
Only one-quarter of Israeli businesses sell online and their prices are much higher than those of foreign companies, because of high value-added taxes. Receiving goods ordered online from an Israeli company can be problematic as online orders can take weeks to arrive. In contrast, orders from overseas retailers like Amazon are delivered usually in five days. Not only this foreign goods are also much cheaper, making Israel very open to cross-border shipping. The population of over 8 million regularly shop online from markets such as China, the US, the UK and Brazil. The prospect of faster shipping and lower prices pushes consumers to order from foreign suppliers, so why not make the most of our wide range of reliable courier services, available via our global shipping marketplace.
The young population, 37.8% of which are between 25 and 54, are getting more savvier with shopping around so no matter where you reside, offer a shipping service to meet the demand. Of course not all parcels sent to Israel are done so to meet the demand of the eCommerce sector, many customers will be shipping to relatives who live not only in the vast cities, but in smaller places such as Haifa or Ashdod. The country’s middle class population is looking for high quality, less expensive goods and are willing to buy from foreign eCommerce merchants.
How long does it take to ship to Israel?
The State of Israel was created following its independence from Mandatory Palestine in 1948 and it shares borders with Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The capital, Tel Aviv, is interestingly half the size of the most populous city in the nation - Jerusalem. Israel can certainly be considered to be one, if not the, most advanced economy of south-west Asia which may be due to the fact that the country is very easy to do business with - the World Bank asserts that it is the 3rd on the planet.
This does mean it can be shipped to a little more quickly than other nations in the region, but it will depend on what courier service you select to handle your parcel, where you are shipping from and also the final address it is destined for. If shipping a parcel to a large city in Israel, then it can be delivered from the US as quickly as 1-2 days due to the well established trade routes.
Customs advice for shipping to Israel
Understandably Israel has a lengthy list of prohibited items that you are restricted to send into the country via international parcel delivery services. This list includes the usual items such as offensive materials, forged currency and documents. The list also includes pen like guns and shooting devices; but also items such as used equipment for beekeepers and used sacks that were used for packing plant material.