Required Trade Documents


Documents required prior to customs clearance
International Trade Permit: this permit is essential to the Palestinian importers to import via international “recognized” boarders (Ministry of Economy and Trade)

Import license (Ministry of Economy and Trade)
Environment permit: for some of the chemical & pharmaceutical raw material consignments, (from Palestinian Environment Authority)

Standards Certificate: depending on the kind of the item imported (i.e. food stuff, electrical appliances, etc.), a certificate of standards should be available. Israeli certificates are the only ones acceptable by the Israeli customs authorities.

Import licensing documentation
An application for an import license of four copies is filled; two copies in Arabic-English the other two in English-Hebrew. This application is subjected to general conditions:

The approval of the Ministries of Health and Agriculture for foodstuffs and chemicals, in the form of a letter addressed to the Ministry of Economy and Trade.

The approval of the Ministry of Transportation for mobile machines and apparatus, in the form of a letter addressed to the Ministry of Economy and Trade.

The conformity of products with the PA measures and specifications, in the form of a letter addressed to the Ministry of Economy and Trade.

For petrol and oil stuffs the approval of the general petroleum association is needed, in the form of a letter addressed to the Ministry of Economy and Trade.

If the product is mentioned in list A1,A2 , the importer should write in the application “this item is according to list A1 or A2“. A1 and A2 lists contain certain basic commodity and food items.

The application should be printed.

The sticker on the product should show the name of the product, the content, expiry date and the name and address of the exported company.

When the importer complies with all the above points an importation license is issued for one year for a certain quantity specified in the import license, and permission given to the importer and registered at all customs crossing points and listed on the Israeli general customs computer system.

The number of import licenses issued by the Ministry of Economy and Trade were as follows:

Year No of License
1996 1030
1997 1482
1998 1600

Export Documentation
Palestinian exporters to Arab countries need to obtain export documents from the Ministry of Economy & Trade and the relevant Chamber of Commerce. The following documents should accompany the product and be delivered to the bank or to the clearing agent (depending on terms of payment):

  • Copy of the export permit issued by the Ministry of Economy and Trade.
  • Copy of the export license of the exporter issued by the Ministry of Economy and Trade.
  • An invoice from the exporter to the importer specifying the produce, quantity and value certified by Ministry of Economy and Trade.
  • A certificate of Origin issued by the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce certified by Customs Directorate.
  • Agricultural products get the certificate of origin and a permission for exporting from the Ministry of Agriculture, but it should get approval from the Ministry of Economy and Trade.

Exports to Arab countries, which do not have peace or trade agreements with Israel, should have a certificate of origin issued from the Chamber of Commerce certified by the relevant Palestinian Embassy