Kahlon Phases Out Customs Duties on Some Consumer Items

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -
Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Tuesday that he plans to abolish customs duties on a number of household items as part of a drive to reduce the cost of living for Israelis.

Kahlon said that starting in the coming weeks, there will no longer be a customs or purchase tax imposed on imported cellular devices, footwear and baby clothes.

The plan will cost an estimated 800 million shekels ($218 million) a year. It will not increase the budget deficit and instead will be covered by higher-than-expected annual tax income, the ministry said.