The Port of Haifa is the largest, leading port in Israel. It also serves as a regional transshipment hub. The port is located in a natural, protected bay. It consists of numerous terminals, enabling handling all kinds of cargoes as well as receiving large passenger ships. The Port is operated by the Haifa Port Company, which is a government corporation committed to continue operating as a growth engine for Israel’s economy and as a source of livelihood for the tens of thousands of employees and workers in the various circles operating in the Port.
The Port of Haifa contains cargo terminals and is capable of servicing many ships at once. A railroad freight terminal is inside the port and is used for transporting goods across the country. The port also features a passenger terminal, fishing wharf, yacht club, sports marina, and chemical terminal. The port opened the first phase in the "Carmel Port" expansion program in 2010 that involved the construction of a new cargo terminal which includes a 700m long wharf capable of handling 14,000 TEU container ships as well as the opening of a secondary 250m (820 ft) wharf plus adjacent support and storage areas. The new facilities will expand the port's annual container handling capacity by 500,000 TEU. Construction of this new terminal cost NIS1.8 billion (appx. US$500 million) and took five years to complete.
Port website: https://www.haifaport.co.il/en/
Key port information may also be found at:
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Managing Company or Port Authority
Haifa Port Company
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Ben Gurion Airport
For further information: https://www.haifaport.co.il/en/terminals/
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Overseas Commerce Ltd
Overseas Commerce Ltd is an Israel-based company, which is engaged directly and through its subsidiaries in the management and operation of cargo and container terminals. The Company operates cargo and container terminals under the supervision of customs, bonded warehouses, free warehouses, and logistics services. The Company’s services include: Cargo Terminals, Warehouses, Logistics Services and Overland Transportation and Distribution. Overseas Commerce Ltd activity sites include Overseas Ashdod, Overseas Haifa and additional facilities, such as a bonded warehouse and an air cargo terminal at Ben Gurion Airport.
Contact person: Mr. Azriel Dagan –
Gesco – General Superintendence Company Ltd
The company was established in 1932 and is the Agent of SGS Group of companies in Geneva, Switzerland, handling quantity and quality inspections and supervision of goods, materials and commodities. The company additionally offers Customs Clearing services and certification of companies to ISO 9000 standards.
Contact person: Mr. Shlomo Gadot
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Palestine Port and Waterways Company Contact List (Israel)
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2018
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018
Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Discharge rate: Haifa Port Website - RT at Berth
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: Haifa Port Website - Tariffs
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
For information on OPT Port of Haifa Customs details, please see the following link: 1.3 Palestine Customs Information
GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING
The grain conveyance piers serve the "Dagon" Israel Granaries Company.
Grain is moved by three unloaders which convey the grain directly to the storage silos. "Dagon" Granaries have a nominal capacity of 90,000 tons and are used for the unloading, storage and onward transportation of grain by train and truck.
The granaries are managed and operated by the "Dagon" Israel Granaries Company Ltd. and owned by the Israel Port Authority.
Three mobile unloaders, two pneumatic and one mechanical, operate on the quay where water depth reaches 13.3m. They unload grain from ships and transfer it to the grain silo by a usage of conveyer belts installed inside concrete bridges that stretch over the Port. The three unloaders have an operational capacity of approximately 1,800 tons per hour. The mechanical unloader was built locally according to an Israeli development which has since been patented in most of the world's industrialized countries and which has a capacity of some 1,200 tons per hour. The pneumatic unloaders are new and each one has an unloading capacity of some 600 tons per hour.
Stored grain is loaded onto railcars and trucks at a rate of up to 15,000 tons a day.
The silos operate 24 hours a day except for the Sabbath and religious holidays.
MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL
Overseas Commerce Ltd. operates container terminals in the hinterland of the Ports of Ashdod and Haifa. Overseas facilities comprise a total area of 421,000 m2 of open and covered space. In addition, Overseas provides bonded and free storage services well as value-added services and distributions. Overseas provides management, storage and handling of goods under refrigerated conditions as well.
Number of Storage Facilities
The Port operates a new central automatic gateway for trucks, which utilize use of biometrics and other systems for identifying drivers, trucks and containers. The project includes lanes with weighing machinery for trucks; camera tracking of trucks; Internet applications that will enable on-line response to drivers’ questions and SMS updates.
Current ISPS Level