Port Storage - options and costs

Information on storage costs in the ports and warehouses


Haifa port

  • The Haifa port website provides a lot of important information for the exporter or importer, the most important of which is at this link, which provides the trader with a calculator in Arabic for calculating the shipping and storage costs in the port (container size, shipment value, storage period), treatment fees for agents, fees for buildings and the weighing process.
  • A lot of important information for the exporter or the importer on the port fees and available services (in both Arabic and Hebrew) can be found at this link. The website also includes a calculator at this link for calculating the storage costs in the port (data entry can be done on an Excel file).


The airport

Shipping and treatment station (Swissport / Maman)

 The station’s website includes the prices of land services, ordinary and private storage (storage in a protected store, cooling storage, cooling in a compartment with radiation or in a quarantine compartment). The prices appear in English at this link. The website also contains a calculator on this link to calculates storage costs, depending on the type of storage, number of packages to be stored, and shipment value.


Bonded / Customs warehouses


Bonded warehouses are licensed and managed by the Customs Authority. Importers are allowed to store shipments which have not been charged and checked by the customs.


Payment of customs and storage charges

Before transporting the goods to the warehouse, a special permit is issued to allow the goods entry into the warehouse. This permit defines the value, quantity and weight in the customs declaration to calculate the customs fees and defines the quantities and weight, although the customs fees are not paid in this phase. Customs fees are paid following the clearance of goods or one year after the date of storage. If the fees are not paid by the end of the year, customs my sell the goods as unwanted goods.


The Israel Tax Authority website includes a list of the warehouses at this link (in Hebrew only).


We would like to pay your attention to the following:

  • The client may choose the desirable customs warehouse to store his goods and negotiate the price (bargaining: number of containers, frequency, type of goods, etc.).
  • When the client receives a gate pass, the most important step forward is to request transferring the goods to a “free storage zone” where the costs are lower, and then take the goods out as fast as possible to avoid high costs.
  • In general, storage costs in Haifa are lower than the costs in Ashdod, subject to the ship tracking, land shipping costs, etc.