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Moving to Israel from the USA


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Whether you are making Aliyah to Israel, returning home after working in the USA, or moving to Israel from the USA under a B-1 visa as a non-Jewish US citizen, we can take the bother of international moving by providing reliable and efficient relocation services for all our clients in the US. 

SDC International Shipping has helped individuals and families with small and large moves from the USA to this Startup Nation in the past decade, delivering solutions that best fit their budget and needs. 

We have a broad logistics network across the globe, allowing us to arrange moves with ease. With our guidance, you can have peace of mind that the import and arrival of your household goods go smoothly so that you can start your new life in Israel. 

As a US-leading international household mover, we handle everything from packing to assisting with insurance and customs paperwork to provide a stress-free move for you. 

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California International Mover

No matter the distance, our international moving company can organize door-to-door moving of personal belongings to virtually any city in Israel. We’ll make sure your household goods are delivered right to your new home wherever you choose to go. If you are looking for experienced international movers in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, or Sacramento, look no further, SDC International Shipping has you covered. 

Packing Your Belongings the Right Way

Packing your belongings for transport is one of the important steps in your move to Israel from the USA. SDC uses the highest quality materials to pack, wrap and protect your shipment via sea or air. Whether you are moving art, library, or bikes, we got a type of packaging intended explicitly for it. Even if you have a piano that won’t fit in a standard box, we also provide wood crates to protect your precious musical instrument during shipping. 

Moving Home Goods to Israel 

You can move your household goods duty-free, given that you have owned them for at least one year. You will have to be in Israel to receive your shipment. 

Temporary residents and new immigrants who have lived in the US for at least 12 months are allowed to bring three shipments duty-free to Israel over three years. 

You will need the following paperwork to import home goods to Israel: 

  • 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). 


Moving Vehicles to Israel from the USA

If you plan to move your car to Israel, be ready to pay duties between 46% to 76%. In addition, the vehicle must comply with the Israeli Institute of Standards. You won’t be able to import diesel and right-hand auto.

You will have to submit a long list of documents before shipping your vehicle to Israel. Since the import process is all about details, it’s instrumental that you work closely with an experienced international mover like SDC. Otherwise, contact Israeli customs directly to clarify all the requirements before moving. 

Customs Clearance Made Easy With SDC

Customs clearance rules in Israel are very strict. That’s why our California international movers are trained to handle border crossing of household shipments and vehicles. They will ensure your inventory, visa, passport, and other import-specific forms are in order. Besides the paperwork, we’ll also inform you about the restricted and prohibited items. In a nutshell, SDC International Shipping will be there for you to support you at every step of the process. 

We’ll Get Your Stuff Via Sea or Air Freight 

We have different clients who seek our help, so the moving process to Israel from the USA is always unique for each customer. We are committed to offering a plan that meets your finances and timelines. When you relocate with SDC, you will be assigned a personal logistics agent to guide you through the process until you receive your shipment at your doorstep. 

Whether we send your belongings and personal effects via air freight or sea freight, we have FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL (Less than Container) options to accommodate you. 

The Cost of Moving to Israel from the USA

The shipping cost of household goods or vehicles is always unique. It depends on the size and volume of cargo, origin, additional services a client may require, and more. For example, the international shipping quote to move to Tel Aviv may differ from the moving quote to Jerusalem. 

You can start by requesting a quote online, and our customer services representative will contact you back to discuss the details of your move. 

Interesting Facts for Americans Moving to Israel

  • Americans are allowed to stay in Israel for six months without a visa.
  • Saturday in Israel is a Shabbat of rest, and most stores are closed on that day.
  • Israelis work from Sunday to Thursday.
  • Falafel is the most popular dish in Israel. 
  • Israelis revived Hebrew before being considered a dead language. 
  • Israel has regular (red) and kosher (blue) McDonald’s restaurants.
  • A distinct cap worn by Jewish men is called “kippah.” It is a symbol of God watching above the wearer. 
  • Israel is considered a nation of startups, and it’s one of the largest tech hubs in the world.
  • The dead sea is the lowest point on earth. 

Where Do We Ship to Israel?

The major ocean port in Israel for receiving household items is Haifa. So once your container departs from one of the shipping origins in the US, it will arrive in Haifa, and from there, we will organize inland transport if needed to a final destination. 

Popular shipping destinations are Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Ashdod, Beersheba, and Holon. 

How Long Does It Take to Ship to Israel?

There are a few variables that affect the shipping time frame: These are: 

  • Shipping mode used
  • Type of shipment
  • Departure port
  • Final destination 

To illustrate this, our shared container shipping to Israel takes longer than a FCL container service. This is because the shared container will not be shipped until it’s full. But from the moment your container leaves the port, it takes around 4-6 weeks via the ocean. 

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.


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