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Demand for goods and food this Ramadan ‘better than in previous periods’

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AMMAN — Amman Chamber of Commerce Chairman Khalil Al-Haj Tawfiq said that 85 percent of Jordan’s food needs are imported, according to a local media outlet. اضافة اعلان

According to Haj Tawfiq, Jordan imports around $4 billion worth of foodstuff annually, of which part is industrial raw materials and part for consumption. The food sector includes around 14 importing, retailing, and wholesale companies. Of these, half are in Amman and provide jobs for around 200,000 people.

He added that 45 percent of people with low and limited income spend their salaries on food, thus they will be affected by the increase in prices. He stressed that all international indicators are implying that goods and food prices will continue to increase, which requires precautions and supporting the Kingdom’s strategic stock.

According to Haj Tawfiq, demand on goods and food this Ramadan was better than in previous periods, which were overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the local market did not suffer from shortages of commodities and that the supplying and importing processes continued.

He added that following two years of lockdown, normal daily activity has returned, which increased the sector’s sales due to the early opening of restaurants and giving employees in the private and public sectors their salaries, in addition to the return of social and family activities and the increased demand on charity parcels.

Haj Tawfiq further stressed that imports prices were not affected by the increase in sales and demand on commodities, except for some local goods, including vegetables, poultry, and fresh meat.

Haj Tawfiq pointed out that the shortage of fresh poultry is not justified, in light of the increase in their prices, stressing that some malls and shops complained about lack of supply. 

He also indicated that the Amman Chamber of Commerce regularly communicates with the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply to facilitate the trade and service sector’s work, which is the largest payer of taxes and fees and contributes mostly to the GDP.

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