Moving to Israel from the USA

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Moving to Israel from the USA

At SDC International Shipping, we stand ready to accompany you on your journey to Israel, no matter where the road leads.

Whether you are making Aliyah, returning home after working in the USA, or relocating to Israel from the USA under a B-1 visa as a non-Jewish US citizen, we specialize in easing the challenges of international moving by offering reliable and efficient relocation services tailored to our clients in the US.

For over a decade, SDC International Shipping has been assisting individuals and families with both small and large moves from the USA to the vibrant Startup Nation of Israel. Our solutions are designed to accommodate your budget and specific needs, ensuring a seamless transition to your new home.

With a robust logistics network spanning the globe, we have the capability to orchestrate moves effortlessly. Count on us to guide you through the process, ensuring that the import and arrival of your household goods occur without a hitch, allowing you to embark on your new life in Israel with confidence.

As a leading international household mover in the US, we take care of every aspect of your move—from expert packing to assisting with insurance and customs paperwork—enabling you to experience a stress-free relocation.

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We’re a California Headquartered International Mover

Embarking on an international move from California to Israel? Look no further than SDC International Shipping. Our experienced international moving company is dedicated to providing seamless door-to-door transportation of your personal belongings to any city in Israel, regardless of the distance.

Rest assured that your household goods will be carefully handled and delivered directly to your new home, ensuring a smooth transition wherever you decide to relocate in Israel. Whether you are moving from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, or Sacramento, our team is well-equipped to cater to your international moving needs with expertise and efficiency.

When you choose SDC International Shipping, you can trust that your move will be handled with professionalism and care. Allow us to take the stress out of your international relocation, enabling you to focus on the excitement of your upcoming journey.

Packing Your Belongings the Right Way

When preparing for your move to Israel from the USA, proper packing of your belongings is crucial for a smooth and secure transition. At SDC International Shipping, we prioritize the safety of your items by utilizing the highest quality materials to pack, wrap, and protect your shipment, whether it’s via sea or air.

No matter what you are moving—be it valuable art pieces, an extensive library collection, or even bicycles—we have specialized packaging tailored to each item’s unique requirements. From custom-sized boxes to protective wrapping, we ensure that your possessions are safeguarded throughout the journey.

For items like pianos that require extra care and protection, we offer sturdy wood crates designed to shield your cherished musical instrument from any potential damage during shipping. Our goal is to provide comprehensive packing solutions that give you peace of mind, knowing that your belongings are in good hands and well-protected during transit.

Trust SDC International Shipping to handle your packing needs with expertise and care, ensuring that your valuables arrive at your new home in Israel safely and securely.

Moving Home Goods to Israel 

Planning to move your household goods to Israel? Here’s what you need to know to ensure a smooth transition:

  • Duty-Free Import: You can bring your household goods duty-free to Israel if you have owned them for at least one year. It’s important to be present in Israel to receive your shipment.

  • Temporary Residents and New Immigrants: Temporary residents and new immigrants who have resided in the US for at least 12 months are eligible to bring three duty-free shipments to Israel over a three-year period.

  • Required Paperwork: To import your home goods to Israel, you will need the following documents:

    • Passport
    • Residence visa
    • Teudat Oleh (for new immigrants)
    • Forms MB165 and MB130
    • Packing list from your shipping agent
    • Valued inventory list
    • Invoices (for new items)
    • Proof of employment
    • Insurance certificate
    • Israel ID card, divorce papers (if applicable)

Ensuring that you have the necessary paperwork in order is crucial for a hassle-free import process. By having these documents ready and meeting the eligibility criteria, you can navigate the customs process smoothly and have your household goods delivered to your new home in Israel without any complications.

At SDC International Shipping, we are here to assist you every step of the way, providing reliable and efficient services to make your move to Israel as seamless as possible.


Moving Vehicles to Israel from the USA

If you’re considering moving your car to Israel from the USA, there are important details to be aware of:

  • Duties and Compliance: When shipping your car to Israel, expect to pay duties ranging from 46% to 76%, depending on various factors. Additionally, your vehicle must meet the standards set by the Israeli Institute of Standards. It’s important to note that diesel and right-hand drive vehicles cannot be imported into Israel.

  • Document Requirements: Before shipping your car to Israel, you will need to provide a comprehensive list of documents. Due to the intricate nature of the import process, it is crucial to collaborate closely with an experienced international mover like SDC International Shipping. Alternatively, you can reach out to Israeli customs directly to clarify all the necessary requirements before proceeding with your vehicle shipment.

Navigating the regulations and procedures associated with importing a vehicle to Israel requires attention to detail and adherence to specific guidelines. Working with a knowledgeable and reputable international moving company can help ensure a smooth and compliant process for shipping your car to your new destination.

Customs Clearance Made Easy With SDC

Navigating customs clearance in Israel requires attention to detail and adherence to strict regulations. At SDC International Shipping, our California international movers are well-versed in handling the complexities of border crossing for household shipments and vehicles.

Our trained professionals will guide you through the customs clearance process, ensuring that all necessary documentation, including your inventory, visa, passport, and specific import forms, are in order. By working closely with us, you can rest assured that your paperwork is complete and compliant with Israeli customs requirements.

In addition to organizing the essential paperwork, we will provide you with detailed information on restricted and prohibited items to prevent any delays or complications during the customs clearance process. With SDC International Shipping by your side, you can trust that we will support you at every step of the way, making the customs clearance process smooth and hassle-free.

Count on us to simplify the customs clearance process and provide you with the expert guidance and assistance you need to ensure a seamless transition of your belongings and vehicles to Israel.

Efficient Shipping Options: Sea and Air Freight Services

At SDC International Shipping, we understand that each move to Israel from the USA is unique, and we are dedicated to tailoring our services to meet your specific needs. Whether you choose air freight or sea freight, we have the expertise and flexibility to accommodate your preferences and budget.

When you entrust your relocation to SDC, you can expect personalized service that caters to your finances and timelines. We believe in providing a custom plan that suits your individual requirements, ensuring a smooth and efficient moving experience.

Upon choosing SDC International Shipping as your moving partner, you will be assigned a personal logistics agent who will be with you every step of the way. From initial planning to the safe delivery of your shipment at your new doorstep in Israel, your dedicated agent will provide guidance and support throughout the entire process.

Whether you opt for FCL (Full Container Load) or LCL (Less than Container Load) options, rest assured that we have the resources and capabilities to accommodate your needs. Our goal is to make your international move as seamless and stress-free as possible, offering you peace of mind as you embark on this new chapter in Israel.

Navigating the Cost of Moving to Israel from the USA

When it comes to moving your household goods or vehicles to Israel from the USA, the shipping costs are influenced by various factors that make each relocation unique. These factors include the size and volume of your cargo, the origin of your shipment, any additional services you may require, and more. As a result, the international shipping quote for moving to Tel Aviv may vary from the quote for relocating to Jerusalem.

To kickstart the process, you can easily request a quote online. Our dedicated customer services representative will promptly reach out to you to delve into the specifics of your move. By providing detailed information about your requirements and preferences, we can tailor a cost-effective and personalized moving plan that meets your needs and budget.

At SDC International Shipping, we understand the importance of transparency and accuracy when it comes to pricing. Rest assured that we strive to provide you with a clear breakdown of costs and ensure that you are well-informed throughout the moving process.

Interesting Facts for Americans Moving to Israel

As you prepare to move to Israel, here are some fascinating facts that may enrich your experience in this vibrant country:

  • Visa-Free Stay: Americans can enjoy a visa-free stay in Israel for up to six months, offering ample time to explore and immerse themselves in the local culture.

  • Shabbat Observance: Saturdays in Israel are revered as a day of rest known as Shabbat, with most stores closed to honor this tradition.

  • Workweek in Israel: Israelis typically work from Sunday to Thursday, aligning with the religious significance of Shabbat.

  • Culinary Delight: Falafel, a popular dish in Israel, is a must-try for its delicious blend of flavors and cultural significance.

  • Revival of Hebrew: Israelis played a pivotal role in reviving Hebrew, transforming it from a dormant language to a living one, symbolizing the nation’s cultural revival.

  • McDonald’s Diversity: In Israel, you can find both regular (red) and kosher (blue) McDonald’s restaurants, catering to a diverse range of dietary preferences.

  • Symbol of Faith: The distinctive cap worn by Jewish men, known as a “kippah,” serves as a symbol of faith, signifying God’s watchful presence.

  • Tech Innovation: Israel is renowned as a nation of startups and one of the world’s largest tech hubs, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship on a global scale.

  • Geographical Wonder: The Dead Sea, located in Israel, is the lowest point on Earth, offering a unique natural attraction for visitors and locals alike.

By embracing these cultural and historical nuances, Americans moving to Israel can gain a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of traditions and innovations that define this dynamic and diverse country.

Shipping Destinations to Israel

When moving to Israel, the primary ocean port for receiving household items is located in Haifa. Once your container sets sail from a shipping origin in the US, it will make its way to Haifa, where we will coordinate any necessary inland transport to your final destination.

Some popular shipping destinations in Israel include:

  • Tel Aviv
  • Haifa
  • Jerusalem
  • Ashdod
  • Beersheba
  • Holon

These cities serve as key destinations for individuals and families relocating to Israel, offering diverse cultural experiences and opportunities. Whether you are moving to a bustling urban center like Tel Aviv or a historic city like Jerusalem, our shipping services are designed to ensure a smooth and efficient transition to your chosen destination in Israel.

Shipping Time to Israel

The duration of shipping to Israel can vary based on several factors, including:

  • Shipping Mode: The shipping mode you choose, such as shared container or FCL (Full Container Load), can impact the transit time.
  • Type of Shipment: Whether you opt for a shared container or dedicated FCL service can influence how quickly your shipment reaches its destination.
  • Departure Port: The port of departure in the US and the route taken can affect shipping timelines.
  • Final Destination: The specific city in Israel where your belongings are being shipped can also play a role in the overall transit time.

For example, shared container shipping to Israel may take longer than FCL container service, as the shared container will only depart once it is fully loaded. Once your container sets sail from the port, you can typically expect a shipping time of approximately 4-6 weeks via ocean transport to reach Israel.

Understanding these variables can help you plan your relocation timeline effectively and manage your expectations regarding the shipping process to Israel. 

Moving to Israel with SDC International Shipping

What our customers say about us.

“I hold SDC in high esteem. They did an excellent job packing our stuff and sending it to Israel. And the price of the shipment was very fair.” Limor M. 

“We were moving to Rishon Lezion and needed a mover urgently. We contacted one of our friends who moved to Israel two years ago, and they recommended SDC. The packing crew was amazing – very friendly and professional. Our three-bedroom apartment was successfully shipped with no accidents. We are very thankful.” Jacob K.




Moving to Israel from the USA

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