Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced the following policy change regarding the country of origin marking of imported goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza.

- Goods produced in the West Bank, specifically in Area C under the Oslo Accords signed in September 1995 and the area known as H2 under the Hebron Protocol signed in January 1997, must be marked to indicate their origin as “Israel,” “Product of Israel,” or “Made in Israel.”

- Goods produced in the West Bank, specifically in Areas A and B under the Oslo Accords and the area known as H1 under the Hebron Protocol, must be marked to indicate their origin as “West Bank,” “Product of West Bank,” or “Made in West Bank.”

- Goods produced in Gaza must be marked to indicate their origin as “Gaza,” “Product of Gaza,” “Made in Gaza,” “Gaza Strip,” “Product of Gaza Strip,” or “Made in Gaza Strip.”

CBP states that imported goods from any of these territorial areas must not include “West Bank/Gaza,” “West Bank/Gaza Strip,” “West Bank and Gaza,” or words of similar meaning.

CBP explains that the Department of State has advised that Gaza and the West Bank are politically and administratively separate from Israel and should be treated accordingly.

This policy will be effective for goods produced in these areas that are entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption into the U.S. after March 23, 2021.

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