Syrian-Jordanian talks to facilitate the transport of goods, transit and export between the two countries

The Jordanian delegation discussed on Monday, with the Chambers of Industry and Commerce of  Damascus and its countryside, ways to overcome the obstacles facing the flow of goods and the movement of transport and transit between the two countries and work to facilitate the movement of intra-trade.

During the meeting in the Chamber of Industry of Damascus and its countryside, Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Samer Al-Dibs, underlined the need to overcome all obstacles that face the movement of goods crossing between the two countries, especially with regard to customs duties on the transit of trucks loaded with goods amounting to 10 percent, which negatively affect the commercial exchange between the two countries.

Al-Dibs pointed to the problem of the banned list of Syrian products which was laid down by the Jordanian Ministry of Economy and the need to address it, especially in light of unjust Western unilateral measures imposed on Syria.  Al-Dibs highlighted the importance of reaching solutions that satisfy both sides.

In Damascus Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Manar Al-Jallad, stressed the need to adhere to the major Arab free trade agreement governing trade exchange between Arab countries and facilitate the transit of Syrian goods. He also stressed that any agreement shouldn’t be cancelled before informing the Syrian side of it within a specific time to take appropriate measures for it.

For his part, Chairman of the Jordanian Customs and Transportation Companies, Dhaif Allah Abu Aaquleh, said that the visit aims to address the difficulties facing intra-trade between the two countries and the obstacles of the crossing trucks and transit and fees imposed on them. He also pointed to the importance of reactivating and raising the amount of exports.

For his part, Muhammad Khair Dawood Al-Zoubi, Chairman of the Jordanian Truck Association, stressed the necessity of reducing customs duties on trucks in order to increase exports between the two countries and enhance intra-trade, especially as these fees hinder the exchange of goods and raise their costs. He hoped that the parties concerned in both countries can find appropriate solutions.

Inas Abdulkareem