Rates & Fees

Click on each blue word for an explanation and discussion.  "/" between words means, "and/or" in the Kefipedia.

1. Timing.   Timing is uncertain, and we do our best to keep you up-to-date.

2. Volume.  On your estimate, note the difference between net and bruto, the billable volume of your goods.  The first volume survey is without charge. Additional surveys are $125 each.

3. Storage.  You must let us know as soon as possible if, when, and where you may want storage.

4. Rates and Fees.  All likely charges are included in your signed agreement.  We do our best to keep this page updated, but rates and fees may change without notice.

Standard fees and rates for shipping to Israel and shipping from Israel and  exceptional ones that we knew to anticipate, are already in the signed part of the contract.  If there is a difference between what appears below and what appears in the signed part, the signed part is what counts.   Rates and Fees assume a normal density of 6.5-7.0 lbs/cubic foot, include Kef handling fees, and may change without notice.   This web site is updated continually.   VAT (17%) applies to Israel-based fees, even for Olim. When two billing options appear, most often the greater will be billed.  Additional costs may apply.

 

Refundable deposit
The purpose of this deposit is to deal with unexpected fees (eg. storage, container rental, taxes, difficult access, extra heavy items..) in a way that will not hold up delivery.      Due with second payment and refunded 2-6 months after receipt of shipment.  The amount of the deposit will be doubled if the 1st questionnaire after signing is not fully completed and submitted before the 3rd payment is due.

LCL--less than full container

min $100

20’/40’/40’HighCube FCL (container load)

min $250/350/400

replacement refund check or failure to notify address change   min $25
vehicle  min $400

Other Origin Fees

 All FCL (exclusive container) shipments are, unless otherwise stated, Live Load--the container is loaded at the customer's home and goes directly from there to the port.  The cost of bringing the goods to a warehouse (usually for storage or to add more goods) and then loading the goods into a container, is double handling.

at least  $1/cubic foot

Min $200

Except for those in hard cases or pianos insured for less than  5,000, instruments not in hard cases,  must be crated to be insured.  When Kef recommends crating, it is required for insurance. 

min $18/cubic foot;  piano crates are often less (min $250-700)

Certificate of Origin for taxable items made in and shipped from the US, or made in and shipped from Europe

min $75 per invoice/supplier

Pickup and handling of piano    min $150-400
UPS/Fedex or other transport for special order items or certificate of origin

Per www.fedex.com www.ups.com minimum $30, cost plus 20%

Packing and carrying of goods beyond what the contract provides for  (i.e. of books, clothes if contract is partial pack, of anything if contract is no-pack)

the greater among:  min $0.60/cft of overall shipment, min $250,  or  min $1.25/cft of actual items. min. 50 cubic feet, or the full packing price previously quoted

Disassembly and/or Packing and/or Porterage of goods beyond normal weight/quantity (eg.  more than 30 boxes of books, more than 300 lbs item)

not less than $190/30 boxes or part thereof, or extra heavy item

Packing of large, delicate fixtures requiring disassembly and/or a chandelier box  min $175-400
Holding LCL shipment, additional pickup or adding goods min 175/event plus costs
Container holdover (i.e. non-readiness of shipment, export customs, rail problems)

min $400/week (very unusual)

Trucking of appliances

Per weight and distance, min $125

Receiving of goods to freight forwarder

min $0.80 /cft, 1st delivery: $200 min, subsequent deliveries: $40 minimum per delivery

(re-)packing of goods delivered to forwarder

min $0.35/cft of overall shipment, or min $1.25/cft of actual items

Insurance list or corrections submitted after pickup or not in an Excel sheet

min $75

Creating insurance list with or for customer, including web searches, if necessary.

min $75

Arranging/confirming pickup/delivery for goods not ordered through Kef

min $25/supplier or  min $10/line item, whichever is greater

More than estimated weight or volume (No change or refund/credit for less weight/volume)

Pro-rated

Packing list for self-packed shipment

min $155

Storage at origin

$120/month minimum, min $0.45-0.55/cubic foot/month. For container, add double handling min $0.75/cubic foot

Additional pickup

min $125-400, depends on distance

Congestion/Fuel Surcharge:
LCL/20’/40’/40’HC

min $85/$110/$220/240

Destination Difficulties

More than 2 floors (28 steps), the sum of  inside, outside, up, and down steps

mininmum $.025/cft/step, Min $55/floor or part thereof

Long carry--More than 25 meters distance truck loading door to entrance to apt or house minimum $0.0125/cft/meter, Min $100/25 meters or part thereof.
Hoisting with cables

minimum $225/hour or part thereof

Ladder crane

min $125/hour -$250 min.

Arm crane        28 meters                                                          42 meters  min  $200/hour–$400 minimum                   min       $250/hr–$500 minimum
Porterage of items above 300 lbs. including piano.  Delivery to ground floor only.   Re-asssembly is not included.

 

min $275 to $550

per heavy item or group of 30 heavy items

more than 35 heavy boxes (i.e. books).

 min $210/30 boxes or part

Not informing Kef office at least 1 month  in advance of any of the destination difficulties (eg. heavy items) in this spreadsheet, or similar to them.

min 25-50% increase of above charges

Basic assembly of baby grand or grand piano--does not include tuning

min $300-$500

Assembly of goods other than simple, used furniture which our packers disassembled, which you request the delivery crew re-assemble, excluding wardrobes, bunkbeds, flat-pack, ikea furniture, or complicated pieces.                           min $70-250/piece

min $65/person hour

bunk bed $120 min

Delivery to North of country when container arrives to Southern Port or vice versa

Min extra $1.25/cubic foot, minimum $250

Most areas over the Green Line.

Delivery outside of Central Israel

Beyond 70 km from Ashdod or 60 km from Haifa

(all the above are in addition to the previous row)

Min extra $1.25/cubic foot, minimum $250

2nd or more deliveries

Same city $225 (min), different city $275 (min)

 

 LCL-less than container load can be for container overflow and is often more expensive than going to a larger container-- even 1.5 times more per cubic foot, minimum 250 cft.   Example: container is $10,000/2,000 cft,           $5/cft times 1.5 =$7.5, minimum 250 cubic feet, plus one-time fees below.   LCL counts as an other tax-free shipment, if it does not ship on the same vessel as your container.

Documents/bill of lading shipping to Israel

min $75-115

 usable volume taken up by your goods

min, that volume times a per cubic foot rate of 1.5 times total container costs divided by total volume used

Israel agents’ fee

min $75

Terminal handling charges

min $40

Port fees

min $46/1000 kilos or part, $46 min

Devanning (empty container at port)

min $0. 70/cft, min $65

Communications

min $70

Preparation of clearing documents

min $35

Customs clearing and delivery

min $1.35/cft, min $380

Second or more deliveries

at the same time on the same truck, without sorting

same city min $245, diff city min $295

 

 

 

 

 

Other (less common) Fees at Origin and Destination

Disposal or moving of goods already at site

$65/person hour, min $100

Extra time (i.e. Customer changes mind about where things go or protests charges which after investigation are found to be appropriate.)

Sorting

min $225/hour, $300 minimum

Double handling

           min $1.00/cubic foot,

$200 minimum

Change of name for shipment

min $110

Refusal or  change to date or location of delivery requested by customer.

min $145/instance plus costs;  if on the same day, min $600 + costs

Shuttle, an added smaller truck or tractor.  You may order a shuttle in advance or wait to see if truck finds parking nearby.  If not found nearby, you pay distance carry (more than 25 meters truck door  to home door) or waiting time for truck and crew, until shuttle arrives.

shuttle  min $130/trip + min $0.45/cubic foot

distance more than 25 meters: min $0.30/cubic foot/25 meters or part

waiting time:  min $125-225/hour

3rd party, i.e. steamship, fuel, general rate increase, customs, storage, etc..

Cost + 10%, min

Separate billing for hitchhikers component shipment.

$65 min/hr.

Uncommon Destination Fees

For container load — emptying container at the port in order to store:
20’/40’/40’HC

minimums $350/550/650

Visit by Kef to site for any reason, esp evaluate/strategize destination access

$125/hour or part thereof

End of voyage declared by steamship company in country not requested

minimums 20’/$1000, 40’/$2000

Negotiations with customs or shipping agents (e.g. attempting to arrange deposit of what taxes would be, until tax-free status is acquired, when shipping to Israel)

min $270

War or strike surcharges

min $210-1200/40’, often split equally for LCL

Calls to customs to expedite clearing

min $35/each

Failing to list items accurately and completely on packing list a/o customs declaration

min $125/item

Kef surcharge on port fee on taxed goods

min 1.02%   of value of goods taxed

Customs Inspection LCL/20’/40’/40’HC

minimums $220/400/650/750 + minimum $150 to move container back and forth

Taxes on used goods for non-Oleh including Kef handling

minimum $2.58/cft

x-ray inspection

min.  $100-200

Obtaining permits, licenses, or making non-standard presentations to Customs

min $175/hour or part thereof including travel time.

Kef clearing surcharge for taxable items

 min 1.5% of value or 15% of tax--the greater

Vehicles (other fees on this page may also apply)

Israel side fees: port, docs, changes to car, etc. Very approx.  min $500
Customs clearing min $550
Arranging of import license for the car min $250

Appliances (other fees on this page may also apply)

Service contracts, if not specifically included

per appliance

Revisit of installation site due to non-readiness of site

min NIS  240

Disassembly of appliances to allow entry

min $40-60

Installation/service contract/filter/connectors of  ice makers for most refrigerators

min $120

Removal of old appliance (s) min $125/appliance
Change of door opening side of refrigerator

min $40

Appliances   parts required for installation (a partial list)

Dryer

₪ 200

Washer

₪ 120

Fridge with water

₪ 200

Rewiring electric oven to 25 amps x 2 or 2x15 and 1x25  from 40-50 amps — most people need this.

₪ 1400-1700

water filter

₪210

Some connectors, tubing, etc for some fridges, ovens

Per case

Installation of panels for fridge

dishwashers

NS 1,000

₪ 500

 Kef assumes no liability for loss or damage to goods or site, and any claims, whether made by your insurance company, yourself, or any other agent,  would have recourse to Kef agents only – including but not limited to warehouses, steamships, forwarders, and truckers – and under no circumstances to Kef itself.

If the customer does not pay their bill on time, and if Kef does nothing, the exposure will increase significantly, Kef may at its sole discretion take any and all measures to reduce that exposure (eg. transferring the goods in a container to storage at the port, instructing that the shipment not be cleared until the bill is paid in full, etc.) Goods in storage can be moved by Kef or its agent without notice of any kind.