Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon today signed an order permitting the importing of a variety of vegetables in the framework of a 60,000-ton customs-duty exempt quota for vegetable imports. The purpose of the order, which was coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture, is to do as much as possible to prevent an increase in fresh vegetable prices. The shortage of fresh agricultural produce resulting from extreme weather conditions has had a negative impact on domestic crops, and the order is aimed at preventing prices from soaring in the wake of burgeoning demand during holidays.
Under the order, potatoes, onions, carrots, horse radish, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, parsley, and peppers can be imported all year without paying customs duties. Imports under this quota will be allowed according to the crop conditions and consumption in the domestic market during the year.
During the holiday periods (from March 22 until May 5, and from September 2 until November 2), imports of specific crops will be permitted (lettuce, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, parsley, and peppers) will be allowed under the quota regardless of the supply in the domestic market.
Kahlon said, "We won't allow the shortage during the recent holiday period to repeat itself on Passover. Israelis deserve a regular supply of vegetables at fair prices during the entire year."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 6, 2016
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