Importers of devices such as tablets, laptops and routers will be allowed to bring them into the country without the need for Ministry of Communications inspections and approval, based on a self-declaration that they meet the standards.
In addition, the Ministry of Communications will conduct an expedited procedure for personal import items that will enable their immediate release. The reform, say the ministry, will cover 40 percent of the products imported to Israel by personal import.
"We must release the bottleneck that exists on the issue of permits," said Communications Minister Ayoub Kara at a press conference in Tel Aviv. "This is something that should have been done decades ago in a significant way.
According to the new policy, which will come into effect in August, commercial imports will no longer require importers to receive from the Ministry of Communications a specific approval that involves testing for every new wireless product they are seeking to import, and instead will be able to obtain immediate approval based on a self-declaration.
In the personal import of wireless products, a special permit from the Ministry of Communications will not be required for any package entering Israel, and products in categories such as computer peripherals, wireless headsets, stereometers, routers, game consoles, tablets, smart clocks, laptops, digital cameras and televisions will be approved Or immediate disqualification based on Ministry of Communications assessment lists. According to the ministry, in this procedure 75% of the equipment will receive approval instead.
The ministry emphasized that the new initiative does not relate to products such as scavengers and smart home products, which will still require individual approval, both in personal import and in commercial imports.