Situated in the Western part of Asia, Israel has an economy that is among the most resilient and advanced in the world. Its economy operates on a free market economy basis and ranks as the 27th freest worldwide. Its major economic sectors include the manufacturing, mining, technology and the service sectors.
As a member of the WTO, Israel engages in foreign trade and its major trade partners include the United States, China, the Netherlands, India, the UK, Turkey and more. Israel is the 48th largest exporter in the world and its major exports are machinery, pharmaceuticals, electric machinery and equipment, aircraft and spacecraft, organic chemicals, gems and precious metals, and many more. Israel imports vehicles, plastics, machinery, mineral fuels, machinery and more.
Israel is party to several bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements with several countries such as the US, Canada, Switzerland, and Geneva among other countries. Israel provides a good commercial environment despite its trade regulations. Hence, learning about the country’s sea and air freights can help you explore international trade opportunities with the country.
Israel oversees an extensive sea freight forwarding in most ports of the country, of which the biggest ones are described below:
This is the largest seaport in Israel and is located in Haifa, Israel. The port was established in 1933 and has 70 hectares occupying the land area and 200 hectares occupying the water surface.The port has several facilities that are well-maintained and handles containers, liquid chemicals, and bulk cargo. It has a cargo tonnage of about 29 million tons of cargo and with a container throughput of over 1.3 million TEUs.
The port has excellent rail connections to other surrounding regions in the country.
This is another main port in Israel that was established in 1965 and is located in Ashdod, Israel. The port consists of various storage facilitiesand other service facilities that handle bulk cargo, different types of liquids and containers. The port handles the most container throughput that exceeds 1.4 million TEUs and cargo volumes that are more than 24 million tons.
The port has well-established rail and road links to neighbouring regions in Israel.
Opened in 1947, this port is a major area used for the trading activities between Israel and Far East countries. It is situated in the Red Sea region in the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. This port has well-maintained and some automated facilities to handle liquid bulk, phosphate and potash exports, as well as cargo goods. Its annual cargo volumes are about 2.1 million tons.
The port is well-connected by rail and road links to its neighbouring areas within the country.
Below describes an overview of air freight forwarding in major airports of Israel.
This airport is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and on the northern outskirts of Lod city. It was built in 1936 and known as Wilhelma Airport which later changed to Ben Gurion Airport in 1973. The airport sits on 4,000 acres that consist of various cargo handling facilities that are well-maintained. Its annual cargo tonnage amounts to about 240,000 metric tons.
The airport has good rail and road links to its surrounding regions in Israel.
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