“World Gate” System

What is the “World Gate” system?

The “World Gate” system is Israel’s new platform for managing foreign trade. It serves as a comprehensive computing platform for foreign trade management, operating in an internet-based environment, utilizing electronic, paperless messages. It provides access to and availability of information databases, integrating all relevant entities into one database.

How does the system work?

The system operates on SW-SINGLE WINDOW technology, a cloud-based innovation that consolidates all relevant authorized entities, including government offices, the Standards Institution, Israel Post, and more, into a single database.

The system is environmentally friendly, relying solely on electronic forms without paper for obtaining permits or approvals. It utilizes smart cards, morning service permits, and manages tasks computationally.

With the introduction of the new system, Israel aligns itself with other countries worldwide, creating an efficient and innovative trade management system that facilitates interactions with authorities and streamlines the import and export process in Israel.

Who is it intended for?

The “World Gate” system is designed to serve all entities involved in Israel’s foreign trade process, including the Customs Administration, government ministries, importers, exporters, customs agents, ports, cargo warehouses, vehicle warehouses, private customs clearing agents, and more.

When did it come into effect?

The “World Gate” system was launched on January 14, 2018. It represents a significant step for Israel’s foreign trade community, streamlining the trade process.

Starting from November 1, 2018, the “Importer’s Declaration” and “Authorization Letter” became electronic in the “World Gate” system. In cases where no importer’s declaration or authorization letter is found, shipments cannot be released from customs.

Who operates the system?

Members of the foreign trade community using the “World Gate” system are required to have a smart card, enabling them to perform various actions, including form filling, issuing digital signatures, and using predefined queries. The smart card and digital signature can be obtained from Comsign or Personal I.D.

According to Customs regulations, all documents must be digitally signed by the importer (entity providing the goods), and the original documents must be kept in digital archives for seven years.

Tips and highlights:

It is crucial to understand the principles of value for customs and VAT purposes, ensure accurate completion of the importer’s declaration, and give equal importance to both customs and VAT items.

Establish written and organized work procedures for completing the importer’s declaration and reporting expenses in the import declarations. Additionally, implement digital signatures on documents and verify the submission of all documents to customs.

The Importer’s Declaration form has become digital, describing the commercial relationships of the importer with its foreign suppliers. The importer submits the annual form to customs through the government website, and it must be renewed annually.

This article was written by the Tel Aviv Chamber of Commerce.

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