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Jordan, July 8, 2019
Finance minister, Palestinian counterpart discuss cooperation on customs

Amman, July 7 (Petra) -- Minister of Finance Izzeddin Kanakrieh and his Palestinian counterpart Shukri Bishara Sunday held a meeting to discuss bolstering bilateral cooperation on customs and government financial information management.

The meeting also discussed activating the automatic link and electronically exchanging customs data as part of a mechanism that would preserve the secure privacy of the customs of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Jordan and the usage of information to facilitate trade, provided that the automatic linking would be ready by the end of July.

They agreed on sharing information about seizures from traffickers from both ends of the borders and activating what have been agreed on by both sides to combat trafficking through a list issued by the Palestinian and Jordanian customs with regard to what is admissible to enter through the borders, including tobacco and cigarettes to curb trafficking.

The finance ministers agreed to conduct a joint study on the amendments and updates to the Jordanian customs law of 1962, which is still affective in the Palestinian territories.

They also agreed on studying the possibility of establishing a free logistic zone on the Jordanian side of the borders to invigorate the two-way trade and stimulate importing through the Jordanian ports and crossings to the Palestinian territories, provided that it completes its work in three months.