Car imports from the Far East have led to congestion at Eilat's port, with over 32,000 vehicles occupying holding areas and spilling into adjacent facilities.
The city's Ramon Airport and the municipality's parking facilities were also being used to meet the port's needs at the expense of vacationers on their way to the Sinai Peninsula.
Israel's car sales market analysts predict a growing issue in the coming months due to accelerated vehicle imports. This rush aims to clear customs and deliver cars to customers before a significant customs fee increase in January 2024: electric cars will rise from 20% to 35%, and hybrid vehicles from 55% to 83%. Additionally, Chinese-made small cars will face extra taxation.
During the same period last year, importers favored Chinese manufacturers, a trend expected to intensify with an anticipated influx of 70,000 vehicles into the market.