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US$ 204.04mn
FDI inflows into India from April 2000 to March 2020

US$ 4,662mn

bilateral trade value for 2020-2021

97,467
Overseas Indian citizens in Israel

1st

Israel is ranked 1st in the world for innovative capacity and for entrepreneurship

Economy

Israel has a strong and resilient economy with consecutive years of significant GDP growth

Workforce

Israel ranked 4th for research personnel; the highest concentration of engineers and PhDs per capita in the world

Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing technologies offer countless opportunities for high-level industries and products

Expertise

World renowned expertise in Media & Internet, Cyber Security, Water Technology, AgroTech, Health & Life Sciences, Financial Technology, Automotive, High-Tech & Smart Manufacturing

India's Exports and Imports to Israel

Value in US$ Millions

S.No. \Year 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
1 EXPORT 3,289.85 2,821.18 3,087.16 3,364.05 3,717.98
2 %Growth -14.25 9.43 8.97 10.52
3 India’s Total Export 3,10,338.48 2,62,291.09 2,75,852.43 3,03,526.16 3,30,078.09
4 %Growth -15.48 5.17 10.03 8.75
5 %Share 1.06 1.08 1.12 1.11 1.13
6 IMPORT 2,328.04 2,095.33 1,961.12 2,066.51 1,931.58
7 %Growth -10 -6.41 5.37 -6.53
8 India’s Total Import 4,48,033.41 3,81,007.76 3,84,357.03 4,65,580.99 5,14,078.42
9 %Growth -14.96 0.88 21.13 10.42
10 %Share 0.52 0.55 0.51 0.44 0.38
11 TOTAL TRADE 5,617.89 4,916.50 5,048.28 5,430.56 5,649.56
12 %Growth -12.48 2.68 7.57 4.03
13 India’s Total Trade 7,58,371.89 6,43,298.84 6,60,209.46 7,69,107.15 8,44,156.51
14 %Growth -15.17 2.63 16.49 9.76
15 %Share 0.74 0.76 0.76 0.71 0.67
16 TRADE BALANCE 961.81 725.85 1,126.05 1,297.54 1,786.40
17 India’s Trade Balance -1,37,694.93 -1,18,716.67 -1,08,504.60 -1,62,054.83 -1,84,000.33

Israel - Ministry of Economy and Industry

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Embassy of India, Tel Aviv

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Counsellor (Commerce)

140, Hayarkon Street, PO Box 3368 

Tel Aviv-61033, Israel

Opportunities

Agricultural exports

    Beer made from malt (220300)
    Waters, incl. min. waters & aerated waters, cont. added sugar/oth. sweeteni … (220210)
    Whiskies (220830)

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    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled, boneless (020130)
    Meat of bovine animals, frozen, boneless (020230)

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    Sugar confectionery other than chewing gum (incl. white chocolate), not con … (170490)

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    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Other barley excl seed (100390)
    Other wheat and meslin (100199)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)

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    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1806.20-1806.32) (180690)

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    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)

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    Other cane sugar: (170114)

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    Fish – Fresh or chilled, atlantic salmon (Salmon Salar) and danube salmon (Huncho Huncho) Excluding fillet, livers, roes and other fish meat
    Fish fillet; frozen, salmon pacific (onchorhynchus nerka, onchorhynchus gorbuscha, onchorhynchus keta, onchorhynchus tshawytscha, onchorhynchus kisutch, onchorhynchus masou, onchorhynchus rhodurus, atlantic (salmon salar) and danube (huncho huncho)
    Fish fillets; fresh or chilled, salmon, Pacific (Oncorhynchus nerka, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, Oncorhynchus keta, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, Oncorhynchus kisutch, Oncorhynchus masou and Oncorhynchus rhodurus), Atlantic (Salmo salar), Danube (Hucho hucho) (030441)
    Fish preparation – tunas, skipjack and atlantic bonito (sarda spp.) prepared or preserved, whole or in pieces (but not minced)
    Fish; frozen, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Danube salmon (Hucho hucho), excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304030313

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Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Israel attracts talent in niche areas such as precision technology, scientific research, and sustainability projects, apart from pharmaceutical and other specialized areas.

Water, agriculture and defence are the main pillars of India-Israel bilateral engagement, including innovation and high-tech domains. There are about 97467 Indian citizens in Israel, of whom some are care-givers. Others include diamond traders, IT professionals and students. There are also about 85,000 Jews of Indian-origin in Israel, who are all Israeli citizens.

More Info: Foreign workers Information for foreign workers Labour and Employment

    Farming, fisheries, dairy, animal husbandry

    Israel’s agricultural sector is characterized by an intensive system of production stemming from the need to overcome the scarcity in natural resources, particularly water and arable land. Israel’s agriculture sector draws innovation and manpower from foreign resources in an effort to make the country sustainable in agriculture. According to Population and Immigration Authority of Israel, foreign workers in the field of agriculture constitute 22.6% of total foreign workers. As of the end of 2018, there are 22,222 foreign workers in Israel.

    Foreign workers in agricultureMASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development CooperationImmigration and absorption

    Public and private infrastructure building, maintenance

    Israel’s construction sector is expected to report steady growth over 2019-2023 driven by the government’s initiatives to augment the national transport infrastructure. Construction of civic infrastructure and connectivity projects have been supported by foreign workers at different levels in Israel. According to Population and Immigration Authority of Israel, 15% out of the total foriegn workers are in the construction field and as of end of 2018, there are 14,420 foreign workers.

    Expert foreign workersImmigration and absorption

    Doctors, nurses, radiologists, lab technicians

    Israel’s national health expenditures in 2018 accounted for 7.6% of the national GDP. Israel attracts healthcare workers ranging from doctors to nurses and lab technicians from selected countries.

    Foreign workers in nursingImmigration and absorption

    Software, hardware, new technology

    In Israel, the fastest annual growth rate – an average of 8% – has been reported by the hi-tech sectors in recent years. The IT and ICT infrastructure in Israel is mainly supported by foreign workers. Work visa/permits for foreign workers is an issue.

    Expert foreign workersHi-tech sector overviewImmigration and absorption

    The Israeli manufacturing sector is small confined to niche areas. According to Population and Immigration Authority of Israel, as of the end of 2018, only Israeli workers were part of the manufacturing workforce.

    Foreign workers in manufacturingManufacturers Association of IsraelImmigration and absorption

    Upstream oil and gas sector staffing

    Israel operates large off-shore Leviathan gas reserves, a vital part of the region’s energy security. Israel has vast reserves of natural gas and exploration of natural resources attract foreign workers.

    Foreign workers in industryO&G sector overviewImmigration and absorption

    Drugs R&D, manufacturing, trade

    Israel’s pharmaceutical industry is well known for its R&D capabilities.

    Expert foreign workersImmigration and absorption

    Commercial research for product development

    Israel’s economic development has been empowered by concerted focus on intensive scientific R&D and innovation. Scientific research and innovation in a variety of fields, from defence to agriculture, attract foreign workers, primarily from the United States.

    Expert foreign workersR&D sector overviewImmigration and absorption
Minerals

    Production: 312,199 tonnes (2018)

    Production: 175,000 tonnes
    Export: US$ 138,014 thousand

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    Production: Gasoline – 2,997,335 tonnes
    Exports: Gasoline – US$ 53,000 (2018)

    Production: 21,000 tonnes
    Exports: US$ 11,376,000 (2018)

    Production: Natural Gas – 10.48 billion cubic meters

    Production: LPG – 506,373 tonnes (2018)

    Production: Gasoline – 2,997,335 MT
    Exports: Gasoline – US $ 53,000 (2018)

    Production: Petroleum Crude – 551,994 barrels (2018)

    Production: Phosphate rock – 7,572,000 tonnes
    Exports: Phosphate rock – US$ 33,232 thousand (2018)

    Production: 3,800,000 tonnes
    Export: US$ 1,225,000 (2018)

    Production: 400,000 tons
    Export: US$ 483,000

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priority sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Israel
  • Pearls and precious stones
  • Diamonds
  • Potash
  • Base metals
  • Chemicals and minerals
  • Machinery and electrical equipment
  • Transport equipment
India's top export to Israel
  • Diamonds and precious stones
  • Minerals and chemicals
  • Electrical machines
  • Transport equipment

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