The Air transport plays an important role in Jordan,
which has heavily invested in tourism projects over the past decade. There
are three major airports in Jordan through which over 3 million passengers
pass each year. The Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission, which falls
under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, is responsible for
safely and securely developing, managing, and operating the civil aviation
airports and airspace in Jordan.
The Jordan Civil Aviation Authority falls under the
jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport and is responsible for safely and
securely developing and operating the civil aviation airports and airspace
in Jordan. Other government entities responsible for safety & security
include Public Security Directorate (Police), Civil Defense Department,
Jordanian Armed Forces and the General Intelligence Department.
Aircraft manufacturing in Jordan is restricted to
licensing to assemble and service light general aviation type aircraft and
manufacturing Canadian and German designs. Jordan Aircraft Maintenance
Company (Jormaco) and Jordan Air motive Limited Company (JALCO) are dynamic
aircraft maintenance centers specializing in aircraft maintenance and
component repair and overhaul. Finally, there are three Jordanian Airlines;
Royal Jordanian and its subsidiary Royal Wings, and Jordan Aviation, and two
main aviation academies in Jordan; The Royal Jordanian Air Academy (RJAA)
and the Mid-East Aviation Academy (MAA).
Aqaba is the only port of Jordan that handles all the sea shipments either
exported from Jordan or Imported to Jordan. The main Port has 12 berths, the
Container Port has nine (including passenger berths) and the Industrial Port
The berthing of tankers and vessels carrying dangerous goods is prohibited
during darkness (normally 18:00 to 06:00).
Customs and Quarantine
The Port of Aqaba's customs, quarantine and agriculture offices are located
in the Main Port. Goods are inspected based on various documents including bills
of lading, invoices, certificates of origin, delivery orders from agents, permission
to import and agreement of approval.
Customs fines/dues are imposed under customs law for shortlanded goods, if the
shortlanded quantity is not traced within six months. The Customs Department
submits demads to agents for the payment of customs fines/dues. This must be
paid within two weeks.
Vessels must supply the following information to the Port authority within
a reasonable time prior to expected time of arrival:
- Name of vessel.
- IMO number.
- Agents name.
- Overall length.
- Draft forward, Draft aft. & Maximum draft.
- Gross and net tonnages; arrival Displacement.
- Type of cargo destined for Aqaba.
- Any special characteristics of the vessel.
- Any special characteristics of the vessel cargo or over-dimension loads of
All vessels calling Aqaba Port are subject to inspection according to international
conventions & regulations in conformity with Med. MOU on PSC (Mediterranean
Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control).
Dcoument to be checked by PSC:
- the log book (retained by the port authorities during the vessels stay).
- the tonnage certificate .
- the ships registry certificate .
- All ships certificates on board.
The following documentation is required:
- Two freighted manifests stating all details;
- Ten copies of the UN freighted manifest stating all details except freight;
- Two sets of non-negotiable bills of lading;
- Nine copies of a separate manifest for Free Zone cargoes, which must be included
in the general cargo manifest;
- Twelve copies of a separate manifest for cargo in transit for each destination;
- Two lists of reefer containers giving full details of cargo carried;
- Two copies of the heavy lifts list.
- Two lists of dangerous and hazardous cargo lists showing IMO class and UN
number to be sent at least 48 hours prior to the vessels arrival.
- At least three copies of the master stowage plan and hatch lists to be sent
at least 48 hours prior to the vessels arrival. This helps the Ports Corporation
- The manifests must be stamped and signed by the agent at the port of loading.
Documents must go to the agents head office.
- Manifests must show the weight, dimensions and other measurements of the cargo.
Weight must be shown in kilograms.
- Manifests must be received in Aqaba at least 48 hours before the arrival of
the vessel, or the ships master must deliver a set to the agent.
The following documents are required in accordance with related international
- From the ships:
- four copies of the crew list;
- four copies of the passenger list;
- one copy of the stores list;
- one copy of the crew declaration list;
- one copy of the vaccination list.
From the agent
- two copies of the maritime declaration form;
- one copy of the customs declaration form;
- two copies of the vessels specification form.
- One copy of the Pilotage form.
According to the PC services charge regulations including: anchorage, Pilotage
and towage; port entrance; wharfage/mooring; stevedoring; lighterage, porterage,
quay and storage.
Special charges may be made for the use of certain handling equipment, for specialized
operations or services and for repairs.
Special discounts or incentives are available for certain types of traffic or
cargo, for example reefer cargo, fruit and vegetable, and container traffic,
transit or transshipment.
For further information, please contact the Ports Corporation at the following
P. O. Box 115
Aqaba 77110 Jordan
Tel: +962 3 2014031
Fax: +962 3 2016204
Jordan enjoys excellent road connections with Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia,
Palestinian Authority and Israel. There is sustained truck and tourism traffic
across the northern and eastern borders of the Kingdom. Jordan has built a new
customs control center at the border with Syria which was opened in 1998. About
ten hectares of land in the area of the Jordanian-Syrian border have been designated
for private commercial activities.
Ministry of Transport
P. O. Box 35214
Tel: + 962 6 5518111
Fax: +962 6 5527233
Warehousing facilities are available at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, Zarqa
Free Zone, Karak Free Zone and Sahab Free Zone.
For further information, please contact the Aqaba Special Economic Zone
Authority and The Free Zones Corporation at the following
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority
P.O. Box 2565,
Aqaba 77110 Jordan
Tel: +962 3 203 5757/8
Fax: +962 3 203 0912
The Free Zones Corporation
P.O. Box 20036
Amman 11118 Jordan
Tel: +962 5 3826429
Fax: +962 5 3826430