Packing, Marking & Labeling


Local businessmen may only import products which comply with labeling and marking requirements issued by the Standards and Measures Department and responsible Government ministries. Different requirements govern the import of foodstuffs, medicines, chemicals and other consumer products. Jordanian importers are responsible for informing exporters of any applicable labeling and marking requirements.

Marking
All markings on boxes or crates should be indelible ink, or paint , directly on the container and not on removable tags or labels. According to sound shipping practice, packages should bear the consignee’s mark, including port mark, and should be numbered unless the shipment is such that the contents can be readily identified without numbers.

Country of origin marks are required as well as the consignee’s name and address, quality and variety of the goods, and the weight and number of the packages.

Labeling
Imports of canned and preserved foodstuffs are subject are to a regulations requiring the date of manufacture and expiration to be embossed or printed on each can or label. Imports not so labeled may be refused entry. Pharmaceuticals should have the contents plainly printed on the label.

Edible eggs and eggs for hatching must be stamped with the name of the producing country.

In addition, standards and regulations are in effect for a number of other products. Shippers should contact the appropriate Jordanian government ministry or their importers to determine whether their products must meet such standards.

Tobacco products must be labeled with a health warning .

The manufacturer, agent, importer, dealer, or seller of electrical equipment of a rated power exceeding 25 watts is required to affix a sticker to equipment in an accessible, noticeable place stating in Arabic or English the following .: Consumption per hour .... k Wh .: Letters should be at least size 13 in black lettering with orange background .

Pesticides must be labeled in Arabic with the following information: the name of the producer or source of the pesticides, the commercial name, chemical composition, and percentage of active ingredients, the registration number at the Jordan Ministry of Agriculture; the net quantity in the container, production and expiration dates, uses of the pesticide, special marks approved by the Agricultural Pesticides Committee, the result of mixing one pesticide with another ;and identification of the local importer.

Labeling/Marking Requirements
Local businessmen may only import products which comply with labeling and marking requirements issued by the Standards and Measures Department and responsible Government ministries. Different requirements govern the import of foodstuffs, medicines, chemicals and other consumer products. Jordanian importers are responsible for informing exporters of any applicable labeling and marking requirements.

Temporary Entry
Jordan's temporary entry procedures cover :

Manufacturing and exports

Reimbursement of customs duties and taxes on foreign materials used as input in locally-made commodities, and

The temporary entry of containers and packing materials.

Businessmen who are interested in utilizing Jordanian temporary entry exemptions must submit a written request to the Department of Customs along with all necessary documentation. The right of temporary entry is extended for a one-year, renewable period for all raw materials and industrial inputs used in manufacturing, including those exempted from customs duties. These instructions also grant or allow the right of temporary entry for semi-manufactured products or materials for the purpose of manufacturing and export. In addition to the right of export, the Customs Department allows the permit holder to sell the excess raw materials in the local market.

The instructions on the reimbursement of customs duties and taxes for manufacturing and export purposes permit factory owners to submit a written application to the Department of Customs to utilize the system of refund offered by the Government on imported primary, secondary or complimentary raw materials for manufacturing and export purposes. These instructions also give the permit holder the right to import on a temporary basis all types of raw materials and industrial input within three years from the date of customs duties payments on these imports. The reimbursement of customs duties and other taxes includes all types of customs duties, taxes, and fees as well as the sales tax.

As for the temporary entry of containers for storage and filling purposes, the new instructions permit the entry of all types of containers used in storing and holding locally made products provided that a bank guarantee equal to the value of all customs duties, fees and taxes is submitted to the Customs Department. The permit covers the right of temporary entry for six months, renewable by decision of the Director of temporary entry at the Customs Department.

A written request must be submitted to the Customs Department for the temporary entry of raw materials and intermediate goods necessary to manufacture products destined for either the local market or for export.

Local factories registered with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Amman Chamber of Industry may apply for temporary entry approval.

The period of temporary entry is granted for one year, renewable for another year pending approval and evaluation by customs.

The manufacturer must submit a bank guarantee equal to the value of all tariffs, duties and fees on the materials cleared for entry.

Shipping Restrictions
Insurance for commodities imported into Jordan is covered locally.

Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) services should be used for goods shipped by air from countries where the airline operates.

Ships more than 15 years old are not permitted to dock at Aqaba. Exempted are ships transporting grain, fodder, or phosphates and ships belonging to maritime companies having Aqaba as a regular port of call.