Hike in consumer goods partly due to disruptions in production chain

Amman Chamber of Industry
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AMMAN — Prices of consumer goods, commodities, in particular, have witnessed a sharp rise in prices in the local markets during the last two months, attributed by dealers and retailers to a global hike in prices and a disruption in the production and supply chain, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Jordanian officials and traders agree that the local market has been battling with the repercussions of a hike in global commodity prices, calling on the government to intervene to mitigate the impact on consumers through a review of the sales tax and customs duty.

Although the government recently announced measures to limit the impact of high global prices on food and essential commodities in the local markets, traders and officials believe that reducing the sales tax on those foods and commodities is the most impactful measure.

Secretary of the Amman Chamber of Industry Tamim Qasrawi said that global markets are witnessing a significant rise in the price of various foods and commodities, in certain instances up 100 percent.  Among the items that have recently recorded sharp increases, are processed meat, milk, oils, and some types of legumes.  

An increase in freight charges and other production inputs have further contributed to the price rise in consumer goods.  Qasrawi attributed the price rise that also affected locally made alternatives to disruptions in the production and supply chain due to COVID-19. 

Economist Zayan Zawana said that the local stockpile of goods had saved Jordan from the impact of a sharp rise in prices at a time when domestic demand was relatively low due to limited incomes.

Zawana said that the hike in food prices locally was due to several factors, including the rise in production costs, in addition to the high price of imported goods, which was bound to affect end consumers.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the global food price index jumped to a new peak last October, reaching its highest level since July 2011. 

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in international prices for food commodities, averaged 133.2 points in October, up three percent from September.

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