Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Jordan.

For further information please visit the Jordan Customs website.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariff

The government has made an effort to create a liberal and attractive business environment. As a result of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), all previous restrictions placed on imports were lifted. However, most imports into Jordan are subject to tariffs and import taxes. Industrial raw materials and capital equipment imported by licensed project are exempt.

Most imports are subject to tariff rates ranging between zero per cent and 30 per cent assessed on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value with the exception of tobacco and alcohol, which are subject to tariffs of 50 to 180 per cent.

The import of alcohol and pork is not restricted, but are subject to high tariffs.

Goods imported are subject to 16 per cent general sales tax based on the (value CIF + duty), and some products are subject to supplementary taxes ranging between 14 to 16 per cent e.g. electrical appliances and passenger cars 10 to 50 per cent (depending on the engine capacity).

Some tariff and GST exemptions are applied on goods imported from:

  • Gulf Cooperation Council
  • member states of the Arab Free Trade Area.

Non-tariff barriers

Import restrictions

The Ministry of Industry and Trade issues import licences for customs clearance purposes. Importers can be Jordanian nationals or foreign trading companies. Some products banned from import include:

  • plastic waste
  • narcotic plants
  • diesel passenger cars.

Products that require import licenses are:

  • products arriving with passengers exceeding JOD2000 in value
  • products that require inspection by a special committee such as milk and used tyres
  • biscuits – all types
  • mineral water
  • products that require a prior permission of import by the Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • some products imported from Syria.

Import licenses are exempted for products imported to:

  • the King
  • ministries
  • products for display purposes that are to be re-exported
  • products arriving with passengers not exceeding JOD2000
  • samples
  • re-exported products
  • products imported to the free zone areas.

Other exempted products are:

  • transit products
  • bonded goods
  • cars for special needs
  • oil.

Import licenses are issued for a period of one year and can be extended for up to two years.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Labelling & Packaging

Labelling requirements are set by the Jordanian Institute of Standards and Metrology (JISM). These requirements are in accordance with the WTO directives and vary from one product to another. Legal requirements for labelling are fairly standard, although a statement of ingredients on processed foods is not required. All labels must either be in Arabic or have a stick-on label in Arabic. In general, the label should contain the name of the product, the manufacturer’s name and address, net weight, fortifying matter (like added vitamins and minerals), lot number and “use before” or “best before” date. Local labelling requirements do not include Recommended Daily Intake (RDIs).

Local business people may only import products that comply with the labelling and marking requirements issued by the Department of Standards and Specifications and other responsible government ministries.

(Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (PDF), 23 Jan 2014)

Special certificates

Certain goods require pre-import clearance, the goods and the relevant issuing agency are:

  • Arms and ammunitions, explosives, switch-blade knives, fuel-operated toy cars, remote control operated toy planes, electric and electronic games for commercial use, self-defense electric tools - Ministry of Interior/Public Security Directorate.
  • Artesian well drills - Ministry of Water and Irrigation.
  • Colour photocopiers - Central Bank of Jordan.
  • Decoders and satellite receivers - Jordan Radio & Television Corporation
  • Flour and its by-products - Ministry of Industry and Trade.
  • Frozen animal semen, live animals, fresh/chilled/frozen meat, embalmed wild animals, imported milk products - Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Halogenous materials, Freon Gas - Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and the Environment.
  • Medical drugs and antibiotics, food supplements for athletes, potassium bromide, food dyes, asbestos pipes and panels, frozen ice cream, baby food and milk, laser pens, oxygen and nitrogen oxide - Ministry of Health.
  • Military clothing - Jordan Armed Forces.
  • Postal clearing devices - Ministry of Information & Communication Technology.
  • Potatoes, onions, garlic, fresh fruit and vegetables - Agricultural Marketing Corporation.
  • Radioactive materials and uranium - Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Small monitoring cameras - Military Security.
  • Wireless receivers and broadcast stations, wireless alarm devices, remote control devices (including motor, garage, window and shutter control; excluding television and video devices), site mapping equipment, wireless receivers and broadcast devices, cellular-phone equipment, wireless microphones, communication terminals, remote control toy-planes (also to be cleared by the Public Security Department of the Ministry of the Interior), mobile TV equipment - Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

For the import of used electronic equipment (including photocopiers, refrigerators, freezers and pumps), used gas water heaters and gas ovens, the following conditions apply:

  • be in suitable, usable condition
  • conform to Jordanian and international standards
  • be free of any substances, which may negatively affect the environment and the ozone layer
  • importer must supply a certificate from manufacturing company proving the equipment is under three years old, if a manufacturer's certificate cannot be produced, shipment must be accompanied by a certificate from the selling agent in the exporting country
  • new spare parts must comprise 10 per cent of shipment by value.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations can be cost and freight (C&F) US dollars, Euro, Pound Sterling, French Francs or Swiss Francs.

Some importers may request CIF quotations.

Payment is usually by irrevocable letter of credit.

Some importers may request deferred payment terms on letter or credit (L/C) from three to six months.

Documentary requirements

Commercial invoice

The original commercial invoice including value, weight and other relevant details is required. If the invoice is not written in Arabic then the importer must translate the information into Arabic e.g. hand writing directly onto the invoice.

Bill of lading/airway bill

In accordance with the customs law, every customs declaration must include maritime or airway bill of lading.

Certificate of origin

The certificate of origin issued by the relevant authority in the exporter's local area is required. The original commercial invoice and certificate of origin must be attested by the local Chamber of Commerce in the country of origin and should be notarised by the Jordanian Diplomatic mission in the country of origin. If there is no diplomatic mission then the certification by the local chamber of commerce is sufficient.

Insurance

Usually arranged by the importer.

Weights and measures

The metric system.