Biscuit, Chocolate Imports to Jordan Create Controversy

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan's importers of biscuits and chocolates claim their livelihood would be endangered should a suggestion to impose fees on imported biscuits and chocolates be adopted, Jordan Times reported Wednesday. 

The Jordanian Ministry of Trade and Industry earlier in December had announced the start of investigations into complaints received by two major sweets producers claiming heavy losses due to excessive quantities of imported biscuits and chocolates flooding the market.  

Ahmad Hindawi, assistant secretary-general and director of the Industrial Development Directorate was quoted by the daily as saying “it is the first case we are investigating based on the new safeguard bylaw that was passed by the Cabinet in October.”  

According to Hindawi, the safeguard bylaw is in full compliance with the WTO agreement and allows the protection of local producers for a four-year period in cases of excessive import of goods -- Albawaba.com

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