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Access into Israel

Main international airport of arrival is TLV/Tel Aviv. Main sea port is Ashdod & Haifa. Inland access to Jerusalem possible. Access to Gaza impossible via Israel. Many international airlines still cancelled flights to TLV under security concerns, Israeli national flag and some GCC country airlines flying in. Main steamship lines called at Ashdod and Haifa ports Humanitarian shpts unlikely to be licensed or pay duties but some shipments can be subjected 17% VAT.

Access into Lebanon

Displacements in the South of Lebanon have created humanitarian needs. Main airport at Beirut (BEY) receives widebody flights from GCC airlines, Turkiye and national airline to import cargo. Main ocean port at Beirut is served by major shipping lines globally. There is no humanitarian access for goods via Lebanon to Gaza or West Bank. Commercial warehouse facilities exist to stockpile imports for Lebanese NGOs.

Access into West Bank Area

This is usually possible via TLV (air) or Ashdod/Haifa port and access is seen to be still possible for humanitarian aid, despite heightened tension. Still possible to ship via Israel to West Bank, TT 5 days circa but requires governmental approval. Alternatively, shipping via Jordan overland into West Bank is possible, provided there is security co-ordination approval. Cargo is meant to be palletized, maximum 1.60m height and in transparent wrapping. Air access via Aqaba/Amman airports are functioning normally as are operations via Aqaba Port.

Access into Gaza (chiefly via Egypt)

Nearly 1500 trucks have crossed the Egypt- Rafah border opened to limited humanitarian deliveries earlier in November. All cargo delivering into Gaza is meant to be on pallets smaller than 1.3m and weighing less than 750kgs per pallet to be able to go through the screening facilities & wrapping should be transparent with marking on a per pallet basis.

Air Access

Govt of EG has designated Al Arish (AAC) airport as international government & partner bilateral aid airport for air cargo going onwards to Gaza. The airport has a single main-deck loader (military K-loader) and has welcomed large freighter flights from military air, ICRC, UN agencies, NGOs and government donors. The airport is a military airport & access is restricted. Main consignee is Egyptian Red Crescent and/or via UN agencies with whom foreign donors/partners should have an agreement. Cargo is broken down off airline pallets inside the airport itself. Onwards delivery from AAC to Gaza is strictly controlled. Some mobile storage in the area is provided by UN as well as use of a local football stadium.

CAI airport is a major international hub and is where all non-Gaza destined cargo should be routed to (ie end destination Egypt) and has international WB service with GCC carriers, national flag airline as well as scheduled freighter services. It is expected that once air bridges from neighboring friendly nations end , that CAI will be a main port of access. We understand there are Jordanian military planes also providing air access for Jordan or via Jordan air-air deliveries to Al Arish for Gaza. There are no airports in GAZA strip.

Ocean Access

Port of Alexandria is the main port from Europe and West with main steamship lines calling regularly there. Port of Sokhna, closer to Sinai Province has received some UN food deliveries already and is less well served by container lines, with only a couple of scheduled calls from Jebel Ali and one from Western Europe main ports. The Sokhna port is more preferred for red sea deliveries and the port of Alexandria for Mediterranean deliveries.

**Important note for all ocean shipments to Egypt which require ACID (Advanced Cargo Information Declaration) ** ACID number is applicable to all ocean shipments arriving to Egypt and is usually obtained from consignee side to add onto PL and BL documents. Consignee obtains this ACID number from NAFIZA Egyptian customs platform by submitting a copy of invoice including HS Code for each item, with the importing consignee registered on a platform called CargoX. ACID number to be clearly marked on each shipping doc.

Overland Access

Trucks are passing but still highly regulated , most of the co-ordination coming either via UN agencies for either UNRWA /WHO in Gaza or via the Federation, ERC delivering into Palestine Red Crescent.

**. There are security check procedures in Sinai province in addition to likely long waiting times at Rafah border. Transit shipments Via EG should not attract duties or taxes, however consignee/donor should have a co-operation protocol with EG Red Crescent or other gov body.