Saudi Arabia ‘to study’ ban on old trucks

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Trucks wait near Jordan’s border post in an undated photo. (File photo: JNews)


AMMAN — During joint ministerial meetings on Monday, Saudi Arabia promised to study Jordan’s request to allow Jordanian trucks older than 20 to enter the country, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

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In April 2021, Saudi authorities banned the entry of some 400 trucks — loaded with fruits, vegetables, and livestock — citing issues related to the trucks’ production year. The ban caused sectorial losses estimated at JD600 million, according to statements by Truck Owners Association head Mohammad Al-Daoud.


This meeting came during Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh’s visit to Saudi Arabia aimed to discuss cooperation.


On October 11, Saudi announced that as of February 1, 2023, trucks with an operational lifespan of more than 20 years and passenger buses older than 10 years would be prohibited from crossing the Saudi border from Jordan, even for transit to other countries.


According to local media, nearly 6,000 of the 22,000 licensed trucks in Jordan are past the Saudi age limit.


Many of those trucks are transit vehicles that pass through Saudi territory on the way to or from countries like Bahrain, the UAE, and Kuwait.


The trade volume between Jordan and Saudi Arabia reached nearly JD3 billion in 2021 and grew by 35 percent in the first three months of this year.


Saudi Arabia is one of the largest investors in Jordan, with an estimated $12 billion in investments.


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