Gov’t restrictions on imports from Syria ‘incomprehensible’ says JCC head

4. Syrian Imports
Long-haul trucks are parked by the closed Jaber/Nassib border post at Jordan’s border with Syria, on August 1, 2021. (File photo: AFP)

AMMAN — President of the Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Nael Kabariti confirmed that transactions between individuals from Jordan and Syria and agreements between individuals from both countries are not covered by the Caesar Act, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Officially known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, the Caesar Act is a US law that sanctions the Syrian government and targets “foreign persons who facilitate the Assad regime’s acquisition of goods, services, or technologies”, among others. The law went into effect on June 17, 2020 and was implemented by former president Donald Trump.

Kabariti said that economic growth in the Kingdom can only happen through opening of bilateral trade with Syria and Iraq.

He said that bilateral trade between Jordan and Iraq has recently made impressive strides, pointing to incomprehensible decisions imposed by the Jordanian government that are not in the interest of the economy, as it has placed restrictions on importing products from Syria.

Kabariti asked: We import goods from India and China, and we pay tens of thousands of dinars in shipping fees, and the same commodities are available in Syria, then why are we not allowed to import from Syria?

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