In general, Israel offers a welcoming commercial environment for U.S. companies. The United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has eliminated almost all tariffs, leaving Israel’s agricultural sector as the only one with substantial barriers. The FTA also provides for a joint committee comprised of representatives from both countries to review the functioning of the agreement. Israel is a member of the WTO.
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is actively pursuing improvements in the export and investment climate for U.S. firms in Israel. These efforts are focused in three specific areas: promoting internationally accepted technical standards in Israel that do not discriminate against U.S. products, protecting intellectual property rights (IPR), and establishing greater transparency in Israel’s public procurement process. For further information about how these issues may affect your export prospects in Israel, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service in Israel.