The US-Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was the first US FTA to enter into force and eliminated duties on manufactured goods as of January 1, 1985.
Non-tariff barriers to trade remain in the areas of intellectual property rights, standards and technical regulations and a lack of transparency in government tendering process. Also, tariff and non-tariff barriers continues to affect a certain portion of US agricultural exports. As a result, in 1996 the United States and Israel signed an Agreement on Trade in Agricultural Products (ATAP), establishing gradual and steady market access liberalization for food and agricultural products effective through December 31, 2001. Negotiation and implementation of a successor ATAP was completed in 2004. It was effective through December 31, 2008 and was extended through December 31, 2010 and again through December 31, 2011.
The FTA includes a non-binding statement of intent to eliminate barriers to trade in services such as tourism, communications, banking, insurance, management consulting, accounting, law, computer services and advertising. It also includes an agreement to eliminate all restrictions on government procurement and calls on Israel to relax its offset requirements for government agencies other than the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
When do you need a certificate of origin?
You need a certificate of origin, proving a product was wholly grown, produced or manufactured in the US to qualify for exemption from tariffs when shipping to Israel. The US Israel Free Trade Agreement must be on an approved chamber provided form. Downloaded or copied forms will not make you eligible for the Free Trade Agreement and may result in your shipment being held at customs and incurring holding charges until you supply the proper form.
When can notarization of the certificate of origin be waived?
The form does not need to be notarized if the exporter is also the producer. If the exporter is not the producer, notarization can be waived through by attaching other documentation. More can be found here.