Fresh Agricultural Export Figures
During 2007 (January-August), the total value of fresh agricultural export amounted to 907.5 Million NIS; this 27.5% rise compared to export value during the parallel months of the previous year (about 712 Million NIS) is a result of a 44.3% rise in the export value of vegetable, potato and ground crop industries.
In 2006, the total value of fresh agricultural export was 1,031 Million NIS, which comprised 2.2% of Israel’s total export value. In 2005, the total value of fresh agricultural export was 1,027 Million NIS. The difference was a result of a 15% rise in the export of vegetables, potatoes and ground crops, and an 18% drop in the export of citrus fruits.
The export to E.U. countries remains stable at 70% of Israel’s total agricultural export. A substantial rise in export to Russia is evident in recent years: from 1% at 2000 to 6.8% at 2006).
Market Development Trends
1. An accelerated development of organic crops due to
increasing market demand
· The export value of organic agriculture stands at about 100 Million Dollars - about 10% of total agricultural export.
· Israel is a major source of organic agriculture produce export to Western Europe (about 50% of vegetable amounts that are imported into the E.U).
· Few crops are exported exclusively as organic crops, such as cucumbers, squashes and garlic.
· Organic produce is priced higher than non-organic produce, reflecting a premium of 25% and more.
· An increased scale of organic agriculture industry in Israel contributes to Israel’s positive image (as a “green” and environment-friendly country).
2. Product development
· Development of pomegranates and figs for export.
· Experiments in export of almonds, long cucumbers, “Tal Dvash” melons, miniature watermelons etc, are currently in progress.
· Development of a health products’ line: anti-oxidant products, lycopene, tomatoes containing Beta-carotene, antioxidant species of plums, and pomegranates as a health product.
The Foreign Trade Center is in charge of issuing export licenses solely for fresh agriculture produce.
Issuance of export permits is based on the Free Export Order which states that in order to export fresh agriculture produce one must hold an export license on behalf of the Foreign Trade Center in the Ministry of Agriculture.
In addition, export of plant-originated fresh agriculture produce requires the approval of the Flora Protection Services, and export of animal-originated fresh agriculture produce requires the approval of the Veterinary Services.
Export licenses for plant-originated fresh agriculture produce are issued after an appropriate export authorization is received from the Plant Council (with the exception of export licenses for flowers and propagation materials).
Export licenses for coop-originated fresh agriculture produce are issued after an appropriate export authorization is received from the Coop Council.
Export of animal-originated products (cattle, milk products, etc), with the exception of coop-originated products, does not require an export license from the Foreign Trade Center, but only an authorization of the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture.