Bab-el-Mandeb tensions disrupt arrival of 1,000 vehicles en route to Jordan

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AMMAN – On Wednesday, Mohammed Al-Bustanji, the head of the Jordan Free Zones Investors Commission (JFZIC), stated that tensions in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait have impacted the arrival of nearly 1,000 vehicles that were en route to Jordan, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Bustanji expressed that if the tensions in Bab-el-Mandeb continue, it will inevitably lead to increased vehicle prices destined for the Kingdom. This rise is due to higher shipping costs. However, the current markets are experiencing relative stability.

He further explained that disruptions and delays occurred in redirecting vessels, along with changes in the routes of several ships and their unloading at different ports. These actions were part of the search for alternative routes.

An alternate route would increase costs
In the event of continued crisis, importers may shift towards importing goods through the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, followed by on-land transportation to Jordan. However, this alternative route would increase both costs and shipping times.

Bustanji emphasized that approximately 90 percent of goods coming to Jordan from Asia pass through the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The closure will also affect goods typically arriving via the Suez Canal and heading through the Red Sea.

Earlier, Fathi Al-Jaghbeer, the head of the Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI), had stated that Jordan’s exports and imports would be significantly impacted due to the redirection of maritime shipping through Bab-el-Mandeb.

50 percent of Jordan’s raw materials come through Bab-el-Mandeb
Jaghbeer clarified that over 50 percent of Jordan's raw materials come through Bab-el-Mandeb.

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