Jordan has become a „clothing magnet” as U.S. companies such as Wal-Mart, Target and Hanes have set up factories to reduce costs by eliminating tariffs. In the first year, Jordan increased its exports by 213% and created 30,000 jobs. Until 2002, Jordan had a marginal trade surplus with the United States. [1] Five years after the free trade agreement came into force, Jordan`s exports to the United States had increased twenty-fold; Jordan`s clothing exports to the United States totaled $1.2 billion in 2005. [6] Most Jordanian exports to the United States come from one in 114 companies. [7] The free trade agreement with Jordan achieves significant and comprehensive liberalization on a wide range of trade issues. It will remove all tariff and non-tariff barriers to bilateral trade in virtually all industrial and agricultural products within ten years. As part of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, Jordan is required to adopt stricter provisions for the protection and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. The free trade agreement will also open up the Jordanian market for services to U.S. businesses. These changes will provide, among other things, a more accessible and manageable market base for U.S.

and Jordanian companies. To benefit from the benefits to U.S. products under this agreement, exporters need to understand how they can see that their products originated or that they can receive preferential tariff treatment in accordance with the free trade rules of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement. Text by Jordan FTA: The full text of the agreement. At the last meeting of the Joint Committee in May 2016, the United States and Jordan discussed the work, agriculture, in particular current technical barriers to trade, the adoption of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement and adherence to the WTO Public Procurement Agreement. The parties opened a dialogue to outline concrete measures to promote bilateral trade and investment, as well as between Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries. Following the meetings, the issue of authorizing the importation of poultry from the United States was resolved to allow the importation of American poultry into Jordan. In 2017, $8 million in poultry imports were exported to Jordan. In 2006, the National Labor Committee, an American non-governmental organization, published a series of reports on Jordanian sweat shops whose conditions were „the worst,” according to the NLC executive director: 20-hour workdays that were not paid for months and physical abuse.

Most of the workers are not Jordanians; They are contract migrant workers from countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China, who pay a lump sum of about $2,000 to $3,000 to be hired by a garment factory. However, some factories confiscate their passports and subject them to de facto involuntary servitude that borders on human trafficking. [8] Many members of Congress expressed concern, not least because Jordan`s free trade agreement was deemed „historic and progressive” to „directly integrate labour and environmental provisions into the agreement instead of being in a secondary agreement.” [1] In addition, the Skilled Industrial Zones (QIZs) created in 1996 under President Bill Clinton, manufactured in Israel, Jordan, Egypt or the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, have allowed duty-free entry into the United States. Exports must have at least 35% of their added value from Israel, Jordan (i.e. QIZ) and the West Bank or Gaza to be eligible as beneficiaries of QIZ. Jordanian exports also needed at least 8% of their added value to come from Israel. [1] The agreement also contains trade-related environmental and labour provisions. These provisions will not require either country to adopt

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