The customs semi union between Israel and the Palestine, created by Paris Protocol 1994, compels the Palestinian importers to comply with the Israeli import rules, regulation and standards.
Multiple Israeli governmental and non-governmental Institutions are involved in setting the technical requirements and standards for imported goods, depending on the type of the traded commodity.
One main institution is the Israeli institute of standards, a non-governmental body responsible for setting and publishing the Israeli standards. The SII works under the Israeli standards law which gives this institution an official authority to inspect and ensure the compliance of certain imported goods with its standards.
Large group of imported commodities must be subject to the SII’s inspections and approvals upon entry to the Israeli ports. The same rule apply for Palestinian imported goods,
The SII has no offices, laboratories or representative in the oPt. The clearing process for any imported shipment hold for inspections in its laboratories must go through an Israeli customs broker, as stipulated in Paris Protocol. The access to its services is also limited by the language and geographical barriers separating the Palestinian traders from their trade related Israeli agents or service providers.
Therefore, in order to help Palestinian traders address these issues, the PSC organized on the 4th of September 2013 a workshop on the “Israeli Institute of Standards”, in Ramallah, were 60 participants attended from International, Private, and Public sector organizations.