A senior official in the Syrian Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade revealed a plan to support the current citrus season by providing financial facilities for each shipment exported outside Syria.
"It has been decided to implement urgent measures to support the citrus season and the fruit's marketing," said Ibrahim Mida, director of the Syrian Production and Export Support Authority. "These measures will cover transportation and shipping costs, which constitute at least 22 percent of the cost of production."
He added that it was decided to provide cash support for each container shipped by sea, and each truck by land, at a lump sum of $ 1600, to be paid in the equivalent of Syrian pounds, which covers the cost of shipping by 100%.
The Syrian official also pointed out that opening of the crossing with Jordan will contribute mainly to boost citrus exports, noting that about 15,000 tons were exported through this border port about a week ago.
The MEDA said that with the implementation of these measures, exports will increase significantly, but was for now unable to provide an accurate figure.