Jordan imposes fuel tax on Syrian trucks

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-29 02:46:58|Editor: yan
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AMMAN, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's customs department said on Wednesday that it will be charging Syrian trucks entering the country 80 dinars (112.84 U.S. dollars) fee per vehicle as a fuel tax.

The customs department said in a statement that the Syrian side did not abide by the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Oct. 29, 2009, which states that the trucks of both sides are to be exempted from taxes.

It indicated that Syria imposed 80 U.S. dollars fee on Jordanian trucks and that the country took the decision after Syria levied the tax.

Borders between Syria and Jordan were reopened in October 2018 after they were closed for security reasons for several years.

Before the outbreak of the unrest in Syria in 2011, trade exchange between Jordan and Syria exceeded 900 million U.S. dollars and more than 5,000 Jordanian trucks operated to Syria and via Syria to other markets including Lebanon, Turkey and east European countries.

Jordanian traders have been complaining that the reopening of the borders affected their business as their Syrian peers penetrate the Gulf markets via Jordan, thus affecting the Jordanians' businesses.