Sunday, June 18, during the weekly government meeting approved the proposal of Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Minister of economy Ali Cohen on the creation of a special Commission, which will develop recommendations for eliminating regulatory and bureaucratic barriers that impede the development of private imports in Israel.
A Commission headed by the Deputy responsible for the allocation of budget in the Ministry of Finance Shira Greenberg, the Commission will include the Director General of the Ministry of economy Shai Rinsky, representatives of the Tax administration, representatives of the competition authority, high-ranking employees of the Ministry of transport, Ministry of communications, Ministry of health and the Ministry of the Prime Minister.
The Commission will explore the current situation with the private import in Israel and to compare it with other countries, identifying what obstacles are preventing to increase the share of products delivered to the Jewish state in the framework of private imports. By mid-September, the Commission shall submit a course of action, including the list of goods the import of restricted parties which will not require special permission, as well as a number of other measures.
Currently, the volume of private imports in Israel is considerably lower than in other OECD countries: in the ranking of freedom of imports, Israel is in 106 place out of 140 countries. In this regard, experts believe that private imports in the Jewish state the largest capacity, its incentives will help to reduce the high cost of living in the country, will support the competition and will help Israeli consumers. Decisions that need to develop members of the Commission, should promote the development of Internet trade, to protect both buyers and sellers and delivery services of goods from abroad.
“Reform of the system of private imports will lead to reduced regulation of the market, increasing the range of imported goods, increased competition and lower prices, said the Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. — We will continue to stimulate healthy competition, to fight high prices and red tape, hindering the development of the economy.”
Economy Minister Eli Cohen, in turn, stressed that “basket of consumer goods” in Israel is 19% more expensive than in other OECD countries, while 50% of Israelis earn less than 7,000 shekels a month. “Elimination of interferences in front of the private imports will enable consumers to get quality goods from abroad, as is customary throughout the world, and to compete with the major suppliers, said Eli Cohen. — We are working on a number of fronts, seeking to reduce the cost of living in Israel.”