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Jaber Border Crossing with Syria receives 138,000 passengers in 50 days — JCD

By JT - Dec 05,2018 - Last updated at Dec 05,2018

Passenger vehicles wait in line to enter Syria after the Jaber/Nasib crossing was reopened on Monday (Photo by Sahem Rababaa)

AMMAN — Since its reopening in mid-October, the Jaber Border Crossing with Syria has received around 138,000 arriving and departing passengers, the Jordan Customs Department (JCD) said on Tuesday.

In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the JCD said that the Jaber Border Crossing has also received around 59,000 cars and 2,000 trucks since October 15. 

The department also said that that the crossing has handled a total of 1,855 customs clearance documents in 50 days, adding that its personnel have foiled an attempt to smuggle 465 cartons of cigarettes.

The Jaber/Nasib crossing between Jordan and Syria was back to business as usual on October 15, after it was reopened for passenger and cargo movement under certain conditions agreed to between the two countries.

In April 2015, Jordan closed the Jaber Border Crossing with Syria for security reasons. Passenger and cargo traffic was halted as a result of the escalating violence in the Syrian town of Nasib, just across the border station, some 80km north of Amman. 

Syria is not only a major market for the Kingdom’s products, but also a strategic pathway for Jordan’s exports to Turkey, Russia and eastern European countries, Petra added.

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