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Hand-Carried Diamonds into Israel Using Carnets


The United States Council for International Business, and its appointed Service Provider boomerang carnets®, received an update from Israel on January 15, 2015 that there is a new procedure for importing hand-carried diamonds into Israel using an ATA Carnet.

  1. Prior to the departure from the U.S, the Holder (carnet user) must first appoint and schedule a meeting with an authorized Secured Forwarder in Israel to handle the customs clearance.
  2. The three authorized Secured Forwarders by Israeli’s authority are: D2D, Malca-Amit, or Brinks. Below are their websites:
  3. Upon arrival at the airport in Israel, the Carnet Holder/representative must go through the RED-Line section (Goods to Declare) at Customs to register as well as to pack the diamonds into a special secured plastic bag. NOTE: We understand that upon arrival at the airport and during the registration at Customs is when the Carnet validation will take place. Holders, be sure to confirm validation of the carnet with your forwarder.
  4. After the registration and packing at Customs, the Holder/representative should meet with the pre-arranged forwarder and temporarily hand over the bag of diamonds to the forwarder.
  5. It is the Holder’s responsibility to schedule the meeting with their pre-selected, Secured Forwarder at the airport.
  6. The Secured Forwarder will handle the customs clearance at the Diamond-Exchange in Ramat-Gan where evaluation takes place by a special diamond expert representing the Ministry of Economy of the State of Israel.
  7. The forwarder will call and notify the Holder/representative where to collect the goods. The process will take a few hours, but the goods will be returned within the same day.

We have not received instructions regarding the procedures for re-exportation. Holders should check with the forwarder for proper guidance.

If you experience any problems or have questions about this change please contact a Carnet Specialist at the boomerang carnets® Carnet HelpLine®   at (800) ATA-2900 / (800) 282-2900 or e-mail us.

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