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.    Please note that there are many possible extra charges which are beyond our control and not specifically a result of your choices.    Whenever:

a. a unit of time is mentioned, “or part thereof”, is understood to follow.

b. rates seem to cover the same services, the higher apply.

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.

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.   We bill everything we know about up front, though tere are fees that are uncertain or unpredictable.   The more information we have about your shipment, your status, origin, and destination, the more accurately we can anticipate fees.

Description Price
LCL–less than container load (a consolidation sent together with others) min $100
20’/40’/40’HighCube FCL (container load) min $250/350/400
vehicle min $400

Other Origin Fees

Description Price
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

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
Disorder of goods at site. Failure to prioritize and segregate goods and clearly present the priorities in lists and labels, sent to Kef and the packers at least 3 days before packing. at least 5% surcharge on door to door charges. If this disorder and/or lack of clearly presented priorities causes a day to be added to the packing/pickup, at least $590/day.
Cancelling or rescheduling pickup and/or packing within 8 workdays of scheduled date min $175-$250
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 $40 per delivery
(re-)packing of goods delivered to forwarder or at home min $0.35/cft of overall shipment, or

min $1.25/cft of actual items

Insurance list or corrections submitted after pickup (or delivery to warehouse) or not in an Excel sheet 5% of premium, 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
Investigating and/or obtaining permits, licenses, or making non-standard presentations (eg. to customs, retailers..) min $175/hour or part thereof including travel time
Packing list for self-packed shipment min $155
Searching for and removing or otherwise “processing” items after delivery to warehouse or loading container From warehouse min $25-300 per item, from container min $300-450 per item
Storage at origin $120/month minimum, min $0.65-0.75/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

Description Price
More than 2 floors (28 steps), the sum of inside, outside, up, and down steps min. $.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, including the horizontal distance of stairs. Charged in increments of 25 meters. minimum $0.31/cft/25 meters, min charge $100/25 meters
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
  50 boxes of books min $210/ 1st 50 boxes, $220 for each additional 50 or part thereof
Not informing Kef office at least 1 month in advance of possible or likely destination difficulties (eg. heavy items, long carry, difficult access) including though not limited to those listed above. 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. Simple = not more than 30 minutes work for one unskilled (not a carpenter) min $70-250/piece min $65 per hour or part thereof per worker 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 delivery lcl/20’/40’/40’HC same/different city (minimums) same price for 3rd, 4th, etc. lcl $245 /$295 min 20′ 350/420 min 40′ 450/500 min

LCL-less than container load

This is a shipment that is sent together with other shipments, sharing a shipping container. Unless otherwise arranged, it is the manner in which overflow from an exclusive container is shipped. If it does not go on the same vessel as the container, it is counted as a separate shipment (another one of 3 for new immigrants, one of 2 for returnees.) It ismore expensive on a per cubic foot basis, both because you have to pay the minimum charges for each stage in the shipping process and because goods are crated or palletized, which adds 15-25% to the billable volume, compared with the net volume inside of an exclusive container. Typically minimum volume is 150-200 cubic feet, and costs are minimum $1,850. This can work out to be 1.5-2.0 times the per cubic foot costs in an exclusive container, once you take all the peripheral charges into account.

Fees Price
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. Customs declaration of more than 1 page adds $35 to this fee min $35 Customs declaration of more than 1 page adds $35 to this fee
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

Fees Price
Special Arrangements or Extra time working or waiting for any reason, including but not limited to:

waiting for a container, crew, driver, chassis, customs or security inspection

difficult access– narrow entries, stairwells, elevators,

delays, disorganized goods, sorting, removing goods at site, changing instructions, etc..

  • $75/person hour or part thereof, min $125. plus $110/hour for part thereof for container (more than 2 hours for a 20′, 3 for 40′)
Sorting of goods for multiple delivery. min $225/hour or part thereof, $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.   Shuttles are necessary in areas with difficult access, including downtown Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, new towers where access is through underground parking, narrow streets where a trailer cannot navigate (Nachlaot, German Colony..) shuttle min $220/trip + min $0.60/cubic foot distance more than 25 meters: min $0.40/cubic foot/25 meters or part waiting time: min $125-225/hour or part thereof

3rd party

i.e. steamship, fuel, general rate increase, customs, customs clearing, multi-page customs declaration, storage, etc..

Fees Cost + 10%, min
Comparing the list of goods on the bill of lading with the list of goods on the volume estimate (you can do this on your own) $250
Items declared missing, but later found by the customer $175/1st hour for warehouse search, $125/each hour thereafter
Separate billing for hitchhikers component shipment. Unpacking of boxes. $65 min/hr. $10 min/box

Uncommon Destination Fees

Fees Price
For container load — emptying container at the port in order to store: 20’/40’/40’HC minimums $350/550/650
Moving the container from the port to LCD warehouse minimum $210 (20) $320 (40)
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. getting them to accept documents, attempting to arrange deposit of what taxes would be, until tax-free status is acquired, when shipping to Israel)attempting to arrange deposit of what taxes would be, until tax-free status is acquired, when shipping to Israel) min $270 for the 1st hour, $175 each hour or part thereof following.
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 15% of tax
Customs Inspection LCL/20’/40’/40’HC minimums $220/400/650/750 + minimum $186 to move container back and forth, plus nis 250/hour waiting time
Taxes on used goods for non-Oleh including Kef handling minimum $2.58/cft
x-ray inspection min. $ 220 + minimum $186 to move container back and forth, + nis 250/hour waiting time
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 15% of tax

Vehicles (other fees on this page may also apply)

Fees Price
Israel side fees: port, docs, changes to car, etc. Very approx. min $500
Customs clearing including Arranging of import license for the car min $800

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.

In any and every case where Kef deems in it’s best professional opinion it is best to change the usual flow of procedures, it may do so without consulting with or getting permission from the customer. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. taking the container out of the port earlier than required

b. emptying a container into the port or private storage

c. clearing a shipment before the customer is ready to take delivery

d. situations that will reduce exposure of the customer to additional charges or inspections

All 3rd party charges not specifically included in the contract are entirely the responsibility of the customer, including, though not limited to storage and delays resulting from changing shipping schedules, availability or unavailability of containers, traffic congestion, and all instances of force majeure.


Why are LCL’s so much more expensive on a per cubic foot basis than FCL’s?


  1.   Economies of scale.   The more you ship, the lower the rate per cubic foot.
  2.   The smaller the shipment, the higher portion of the total bill goes towards paying one-time fees–documents, clearing, port fees, delivery, etc.
  3.   It is more difficult to pack variously shaped goods in a smaller space (eg. on a pallet or in a crate/liftvan), than in a larger space.  Fewer possible configurations.
  4.    LCL’s have 4-5 times more handling than goods in exclusive containers.

a.  packed and loaded onto a moving truck

b.  unloaded into consolidating warehouse

c.   palletized and/or crated

d.   moved into temporary storage at the consolidating warehouse

d.   moved from consolidating warehouse into a shipping container

e.   unloaded from the container into port warehouse

f.     moved into temporary storage at the port warehouse

g.     moved from temporary storage to the moving truck

h.    delivered from the moving truck in to the home


     In an exclusive container, goods are packed with the assumption that the container will not be opened or unloaded until they arrive at your home.   In most cases, they are:

a. loaded from your home into the container

b. unloaded into your home at destination


Why must LCL’s be palletized and/or crated?

All containers with 3 or more consignees (people whose goods are in the container) must be unloaded at the port at destination.   Because of the poor conditions at the ports–disorder, moisture and leaky roofs, tremendous diesel dust pollution–they must be either crated or palletized to prevent damage and loss.  There are some companies that offer much cheaper prices, because they don’t do that!

  1.  The packing in crates, lift vans, and/or on pallets secured and surrounded by plastic wrap, adds volume to your goods.
  2. When combining LCL’s into a large, consolidated container, the average volume that can be loaded is about 23% less than can be loaded in an exclusive container.


In conclusion,  LCL’s are usually 2-3 times more expensive per cubic foot than in an exclusive container.


Their positive attributes are: 

a.   The total shipping bill is likely to be much less than with an exclusive container

b.  They are very well  protected against loss and damage before being loaded into the shipping container at the origin warehouse and after being unloaded from the container in the destination warehouse.

c.   Storage is much less expensive storage than a container.


Typical minimum LCL shipment

Typically minimum volume is 150-250 cubic feet, and minimum costs are $2500-3500.