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Iraqi authorities returned 75 Jordanian trucks loaded with fruits and vegetables

Iraqi authorities returned 75 Jordanian trucks loaded with fruits and vegetables

AMMAN: Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported, the Merchants Union of Vegetables and Fruits Exporters complained that Iraqi authorities returned 75 Jordanian trucks loaded with fruits and vegetables.  Haddadin said the goods were spoiled after the trucks waited for the border to open.

Almost one month ago, the Iraqi government allowed Jordanian fruits and vegetables to enter the country without prior permit, as was the case before, which reduced truck entry fees from $2,000 to $700, according to Petra.

Jordan’s border crossing with Syria, Ramtha, has been closed for nearly four years except for humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country in compliance with a UN decision.Jordan exports annually 90,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Syria, according to the ministry, while the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables said the country exports 1,000 tonnes of produce daily.