Jordanians request stricter requirements for Egyptian imports

The Jordanian private sector is asking its government to impose stricter requirements for the import of Egyptian goods into Jordan as a response to a similar move on Egypt's part, which will be affecting various commodities, including those from Jordan. The sector believes it is essential to apply the principle of "reciprocity."

Since last February, the Egyptian government has stipulated that any plants wishing to export to Egypt must have been awarded certain quality certificates, including the "ISO 9001" and the "ISO 14001", which regulates the environmental management systems, stipulating that these certificates must all be issued by accredited international bodies. In order to export, the plants must also undergo inspections from Egyptian teams to make sure that they meet the required environmental and safety standards.

Issa Murad, Chairman of the Amman Chamber of Commerce, told the "New Arab" that these requirements will lead to a decline of Jordanian exports to Egypt, which is one of the most important export destinations for Jordanian products, noting that it will put additional burdens on the Jordanian industrial sector, limiting its export potential and its ability to face the current challenges.

Murad pointed out that the volume of trade between the two countries recorded a significant decrease during the past year, with Jordan's imports from Egypt reaching a value of about $ 485 million, compared with $ 550 million in 2014, and Jordan's exports to Egypt falling to about $ 94.1 million in 2015, compared to $ 111.2 million in the previous year.
"We hope that such decisions will not affect the economic cooperation between the two countries, both in terms of trade and investment."

Jordanian exports are already facing challenges because of the war in Syria and Iraq, which have led to the loss of Jordan's traditional markets and the decline of trade with other countries, such as Turkey, Lebanon, Europe and Russia.

Jordan's total exports recorded a 5.8% decline during the first 11 months of 2015, with fruits and vegetables being the most affected products, due to the closing of the Iraqi and Syrian markets and the inability to export them by road to Europe.


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