Jordan - Selling and buying
Reaching the consumers
Foodstuffs are distributed by 4 channels. The first hypermarket (12 000 m2) opened its doors in Amman under the Carrefour name. Supermarkets are widespread in the country. There are classic supermarkets (100 to 400 m2) and western style supermarkets (1 000 to 3 000m2). There are four supermarket chains of which 2 are local (Cozmo and El Ahlia Plaza) and 2 under franchise (C-Town and Safeway). In addition there are also civil and military cooperatives which sell local produce, with little variety, at low prices. Finally, the sector also includes groceries, markets and wholesalers specialized in spices, dried fruits, fruit and vegetables and fresh meat. Shopping centers are in full expansion especially in the capital and the number of franchises has greatly increased. They are found mostly in the clothing sector.
Market access procedures
There are quantitative limitations on the import of certain manufactured goods and it is forbidden to import tomatoes, fresh milk, mineral water, table salt and plastic waste. Some specific products are reserved for the State's business such as sugar, wheat, flour, rice, powdered milk, cigarillos, frozen chicken, lentils and olive oil.
A license for the import of fruits, vegetables, certain chemicals, medicines, some foodstuffs and telecommunications equipment is required. Some products also require a license from various public organizations.
- a bill of lading for imports coming in through the port of Aqaba
- an air waybill for products imported by air or a transporter's certificate for goods having transited by land.
- a declaration of Arab transit for goods having transited Arab countries which are not neighbors of Jordan.
- an invoice showing the quantity, type and numbers of the goods as well as their weight, value and the names of the buyer and seller.
- a certificate of origin
- a declaration of value for goods whose value is over 2 000 JD.
- an exit permit for goods warehoused in free zones.
In addition, you must know that Jordan uses the system of the single administrative document ( SAD) for import declarations. This means that the declaration is directly submitted by the importer or the licensed seller through the Asycuda system. The system validates the entry, gives a registration number and indicates if the entry is green (no inspection), orange (inspection of the documents) or red (inspection of the documents and the goods). A paper copy of the declaration is given to Customs accompanied by the supporting documents if necessary.
Certain products such as fruits, chemicals, medicines or telecommunications equipment require an import license.
Organizing goods transport
The port of Aqaba, Jordan's only access to the sea, is very modern with special containers for hydrocarbons and phosphates.
Finally, Queen Alia international airport has modern services and infrastructures.