Aqaba port activity reaching normal volume — ASEZA

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AMMAN — The head of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Nayef Al-Bakhit, said on Monday that the frequency of shipments to Aqaba is increasing, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

“About 2,112 trucks entered Aqaba from midnight Sunday until Monday noon, 600 trucks more than the previous day,” he said, adding that Sunday’s rate was within the normal witnessed before the truckers’ strike.

Bakhit said that 2,500 trucks were expected on Monday, noting that the normal daily rate was 2,500 trucks servicing Aqaba.

Aqaba ports, he said, are operating very efficiently and are dealing with all berthing ships. As activity returns to normal, the number of stored containers reached 12,500, which constitutes 80–85 percent of the storage capacity.

Bakhit said that precautionary measures are in place and reserve yards are prepared to accommodate containers outside the borders of the container port, “so that we do not reach a stage where we do not receive ships at the port, as this is a dangerous matter that affects the reputation of the port”.

He added that the site designated for receiving vehicles has reached full capacity, and the old port was used to store vehicles.

Bakhit stressed that the supply chains for grain, food, oil and medicine did not stop during the truckers’ strike, and that trucks were traveling with security escorts.

Regarding exemption for importers, he said that the computerized system cannot be bypassed, but that those who pay fines will have the sums returned to them once large freight traffic is cleared out.

The Council of Ministers Sunday took the decision to not collect additional floor fees for storing goods and containers on the port of Aqaba premises until the return of normal freight traffic.

The prime minister instructed all pertinent authorities to submit the necessary recommendations to implement the decision without delay.

The head of the Jordan Chamber of Industry, Fathi Al-Jaghbir, said on Sunday that 18 factories out of 62 that had stopped production at the beginning of the truckers’ strike restarted work.

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