PM announces major reform of customs tariffs

Customs duty categories will be reduced to 4, from 11

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AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh confirmed on Sunday that the Cabinet will restructure customs tariffs in order to enhance the competitiveness of the national industries, saying that this is “part of a comprehensive customs reform” in the country.اضافة اعلان

At a press conference he held at the Prime Ministry, Khasawneh announced government measures and programs aimed at promoting customs reforms, developing the infrastructure of the communications sector, and enhancing employment opportunities.

He said that “the number of customs duty categories will be reduced to four instead of the initial 11.”

The 11 categories of customs duties ranged between zero and 40 percent. For the four new customs duty categories, the range will be between 0 and 25 percent only, according to Khasawneh, who said that the customs tariffs will be reduced to 5 percent on most imported materials that have no equivalent in Jordanian industries.

He said that “the restructuring of the customs tariffs is part of a comprehensive customs reform, which includes a review of procedures for the purpose of simplifying them and ensuring that powers are not abused”.

The prime minister stressed the “positive impact” restructuring the customs tariffs will have on suppliers and merchants whose activities will be thus facilitated, further reducing costs, time and effort.

He said that the measure will “contribute to strengthening the local purchasing power and help many citizens meet their needs at better prices”.

The restructuring of the customs tariff regime comes to “facilitate and clarify the procedures at customs facilities and reduce the interference of the human element in these procedures; it will apply to the entire process and reduce incidents of corruption,” according to Khasawneh.

The central goal of all of this, the prime minister said, “is to reduce the costs for citizens and facilitate procedures for suppliers and workers in the field of shipping.”

The premier pointed out that “the overall reference at the borders will be the General Customs Department and all the other authorities will work under its umbrella” in an effort to “reduce the lengthy procedures whereby goods are kept from entering until they obtain the necessary permit from the authorities that have jurisdiction”.

Khasawneh said that this “will reduce the number of days required for the goods to enter in a fundamental way and will improve the business and investment environment”.

The prime minister spoke of an electronic platform “currently under way” that will pre-clear the shipments coming to Jordan according to “an automated process that reduces interaction with human elements”.

A new classification of shipments coming to Jordan will see three colored tracks, red, green and yellow; this is bound to “reduce waiting periods, procedures, and costs”, Khasawneh said.

According to the premier, this will help “reduce pressure on ports” and reduce the time for releasing goods from nine to three days.

(Design: Jordan News)

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