With a standard 20′ or 40′ container shipment you are only allowed 4 days of free storage at the port in Israel, however, most deliveries are completed in 5-7 days….
What’s this mean, what does it cost and who’s to blame?
Unfortunately, it means there will be a few days of storage to pay for. We advise in our proposals to budget $150 for a 20′ container and $250 for a 40′ container for the few days of port storage.
Nobody’s to blame, it’s just a matter of procedures and timing.
For example, if a container arrives on Tuesday (or later in the week) it’s highly probable delivery will be the next week since it’s not possible to complete the required administrative / operational procedures (like Israeli Custom review) by Wednesday before noon to set up a delivery on Thursday. Friday and Shabbat are days off.
However, if the container arrives on Sunday or Monday, then it’s very likely the delivery will be that week.
Everybody in the system is working hard to deliver container shipments ASAP, that’s for sure!
(FYI, the ports charge for storage on Shabbat, holidays and even Yom Kippur.)