Exporting guide to Jordan

Overview

In recent years, Jordan has undertaken economic reform and re-opened borders with neighbouring markets. This has created new opportunities in this market for UK businesses.

Reform plans

Jordan is enacting new laws to address challenges in the private sector. The government aims to lower energy costs, ease access to highly-skilled labour and increase female participation in the labour market.

Ties to neighbouring countries

Jordan continues to be a gateway to Iraq and has signed agreements for joint projects to revive economic ties, including a free trade zone. Most major Iraqi companies have their bases in Amman and strongly prefer to do business with British companies. Many companies conduct business in Iraq from Jordan.

Growing, entrepreneurial private sector

Jordan has a large number of start-up successes in the region. Business incubators, accelerators, mentors and market access support systems are well-established. A new infrastructure investment programme has also re-energised the economy.

Domestic dwellings in Jordan

Jordan: at a glance

Currency

Jordanian dinar

Business language

Arabic and English

You may need a translator

GDP per capita

$4,417

UK is $47,203 (IMF, 2021, projected figures)

Economic growth

2.0%

(IMF, 2021, projected figure)

Time zone

GMT +3

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Opportunities for exporters

There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in Jordan have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors:

Check for trade barriers

Trade barriers, such as tariffs or taxes, can raise costs, cause delays, or even stop you from exporting. Check for any issues that may impact your business when exporting.

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Check duties and customs

Find information on how to export goods from the UK. View the duties, rules, restrictions, and the documents you need for your products.

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Doing business in Jordan

Preparing to export

VAT

If you’re registered for VAT, it may be possible to zero-rate the goods you export to Jordan, provided certain conditions are met.

The general VAT rate in Jordan is currently 16%.

Import duties

Customs tariffs on different products and commodities can be found on the website of Jordan’s Customs Department.

Standards

The Jordan Standards and Metrology Organisation issues and enforces product standards. The Jordan Food and Drug Administration is responsible for food and pharmaceuticals regulation.

Labelling

Local importers are responsible for informing foreign suppliers of any applicable labelling requirements. All labelling and safety instructions should be in Arabic. Production and expiry dates must be printed on the original label or the container by the manufacturer.

Trade barriers

Check for any reported barriers to trading with Jordan.

Report any trade barriers that are affecting your business so we can help fix them.

Operating in Jordan

Considerations

Doing business in Jordan may come with some challenges. Jordan has been affected by the global financial crisis, experiencing disruption to its energy supply and trade routes. It is also handling an influx of refugees from Syria. UK Export Finance (UKEF) can offer trade finance and insurance cover for UK companies.

Jordan is governed by a constitutional monarchy. The King, Prime Minister and appointed ministers form the executive power, while the upper (senate) and lower (elected deputies) houses of Jordan’s parliament lead on legislation. Ongoing political and economic reforms mean there are frequent updates and changes to laws and regulations.

Intellectual property

As a first step, we advise you to speak to an intellectual property (IP) lawyer if you think you need patent protection when exporting.

Copyrights must be registered at Jordan’s National Library. IP protection in Jordan can present challenges in some cases.

Business partnerships

Working with business partners is an important part of doing business in Jordan. Background, history, connections, projects, and regional access are points we recommend discussing with potential partners. Our trade team in Jordan can help you set up introductions and meetings.

Entry requirements

British passport holders can obtain their single-entry visa upon arrival at Queen Alia Airport in Amman. Visas cost 40 Jordanian dinars. Visas can also be obtained in advance from the Jordanian embassy in the relevant city.

Next steps

DIT can advise you on doing business abroad, and help put you in touch with other people who can help such as lawyers and distributors.