Israeli Foreign Ministry to help exporters affected by labeling policy

The Israeli Foreign Ministry, in conjunction with the Israel Export Institute (IEI) has pledged to help Israeli businesses impacted by EU labeling find new markets in Asia.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzippi Hotovely met with Foreign Ministry Economic Department Director Yaffa Ben Ari as well as IEI Director Ramsey Gabbai and IEI CEO Ofer Zacks and put together a program to support exporters. 

The conversation found that most of the exporters have not yet felt any economic impact due to the labeling, but those who have, report significant losses and the closure of several markets as a result.

Yediot news site reported that the Ministry hopes to create a "round table" which will include exporters from Judea, Samaria and the Golan who have been impacted by the new policy as well as members of the IEI to generate new ideas and plans to help the businesses affected by looking into new markets and providing help with the exports to those new markets.

"The Foreign Ministry will do everything in its power to minimize the impact that the EU policy has on exporters,' Hotovely said.

"If for example an exporter tells us that his products such as peppers or dates from the Jordan valley, or vegetables and wine from Samaria are no longer being purchased, then the Ministry as well as the IEI will step in to help them find new markets in Japan, India or China, countries that do not label products. We will help the exporter open doors to these countries."


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