Pre-Eid buying not bustling as expected

A clothing shop in Amman. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/ Jordan News)
AMMAN — The clothing and footwear sector is not as busy before Eid Al-Adha as it used to be in past years, a state of affairs blamed by industry people on different reasons.اضافة اعلان

Normally, the days leading to the Muslim feast of sacrifice is a time of bustling business activity in markets across the Kingdom.

But this year, “the turnout in the penultimate week (before Eid) decreased by 50 percent, and in the last week, until Wednesday, by 25-30 percent compared to the same period last year”, President of the Textile, Readymade Clothes and Footwear Syndicate Sultan Allan told Jordan News.

Allan attributed “the issue to postal parcels and purchases from locations outside Jordan, which are exempt of taxes and fees”.

That, he explained, creates a problem that “cannot be resolved or overcome by the sector’s merchants due to favoritism and double standards in dealing with individual parcels and merchandise entering through normal customs centers”.

He said he believed that lower purchasing volumes “will weaken the sector, which will shrink in the near future”.

In turn, this will see layoffs or workers leaving the sector, and all the problems accompanying unemployment, and impact related sectors, such as packaging, advertising, advertising and decoration.

Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply spokesman Yanal Al-Barmawi told Jordan News that the market “operates by virtue of supply and demand”.

“The role of the ministry is to monitor merchants, ensure compliance with laws and regulations, and ensure the availability of goods that citizens need,” he pointed out.

Naim, a men’s clothing retailer in Jabal Al-Hussein, told Jordan News: “The movement has been very normal during the last two weeks, there was no rush or demand like before to buy clothes before the holidays.”

Shadi, the owner of a clothing store also in Jabal Al-Hussein, attributed the noticeable decline in number of customers to the fact Tawjihi exams coincide with the Eid season.

Shops selling women’s clothes and accessories saw some movement in the week before Eid, he said, which is “not what we usually get this season”. 

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