Israel’s system of freight forwarding relies on a “black box” that records shipments and allows freight companies to trace their movements.
“The information is not accessible to the public,” says Alon Shapira, a spokesman for the Ministry of Economy and Trade, which administers the system.
In a survey conducted by the International Trade Institute, 1,100 Israelis polled said they could not recall their history of moving goods.
“In my opinion, the system has been established to serve only a few companies, and not to the common people,” one respondent said.
The system has come under fire from Israeli trade unions who have called it a barrier to trade.
Israel’s Ministry of Commerce estimates that the country’s freight forwarder system employs more than 300,000 people and is the countrys largest.
Shapira says the system “provides a level of security for the public that can be expected in any other industry.”
He says the company will take measures to ensure the system remains secure, and that the ministry will work with industry to develop an updated system.
“The system is a new one,” Shapira said.
“It is not a new system.”
The ministry also announced that Israel will adopt the EU’s automated freight system for goods and services in the country.
The EU’s “Eurotrader,” or automated platform, will be used to transport goods from European markets to Israeli markets.
The EU has been developing the system, dubbed EuroTrader, since 2010 and has been piloting it in its member states since 2015.