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Jordan’s trade chamber urges Syria to remove trade obstacles

Jordan’s trade chamber urges Syria to remove trade obstacles

The Amman Chamber of Commerce on Sunday called for removing obstacles imposed by the Syrian authorities on Jordanian exports to boost trade exchange between the two countries.

In a statement, the chamber said a meeting was held with a delegation from the Damascus Chamber of Commerce to discuss measures to facilitate trade between the two countries.

The two sides underlined the need for starting an effective dialogue to remove all obstacles.

At the meeting, it was stressed that the Jordanian merchants did not benefit from the reopening of the border crossing between Jordan and Syria, according to the statement.

Jordan’s exports to Syria have increased by 22 percent over May-Aug. period in comparison with the same period of 2018, reaching 32 million U.S. dollars.

The Jordanian-Syrian crossing border was reopened in 2018.

In 2015, Jordan closed the Nasib Border Crossing with Syria for security concerns, while the Ramtha-Daraa Border Crossing with the war-torn country has been closed for more than five years.

The closure of the two border crossings have caused heavy losses for Jordanian industries and business as Syria is a big market for Jordanian products and a gateway for Jordan’s exports to Turkey and Europe.