Over the last two decades, Palestinian trade has been restricted by arrangements dictated by the Paris Protocol. The decision about the “Customs Union” for example, made the Palestinian National Authority a confined market, in which the Israeli market accounted for 70-75% of all Palestinian Imports and 85-90% of its exports over the most of the 2000’s. Furthermore, different constraints on Palestinian exports to non-Israeli markets made Palestinian producers less competitive and had a drastic effect on the economic development of the Palestinian territories.
As Palestine is an infant economy, it can generate sustainable long term growth mainly through developing its export sector. Thus, Palestinian traders must be adequately prepared to deal with regional trade procedures. However, Palestinian traders rely on Israeli systems and facilities, which operate in a foreign language and offer a limited access to relevant Israeli authorities. As a result, Palestinian authorities, and the local private sector, lack the regular updates regarding new changes in the supply chain, in the fluctuations of tariffs, or in new regulations imposed by Israel.
This program aimed to provide a facilitated process for the Palestinian supply chain (Import/Export) through a capability-building program for Palestinian businesses. IPCRI hoped for a significant reduction of local trade costs, transmission of important knowledge to the Palestinian supply chain, and the creation of transboundary partnerships.