Required Trade Documents

Import/Export Documentation:
According to article 31/c, d and 61 below of Customs Law No. (20) of the year 1998, the following shall be followed:
Article 31

C- Every declaration should be accompanied by an original list (invoice) attested by the chamber of commerce of the city where commodity has originated or by any agency acceptable for the Department confirming the authenticity of prices and origin. These documents shall also be attested by the Jordanian Consulate Missions and in case these Missions do not exist it would be sufficient to attest them by chambers of commerce or official bodies.

D- The Director may allow the completion of formalities of clearing the commodity without the presentation of the attested lists and the required documents in return for cash guarantee not exceeding 2% or a bank security not exceeding 4% of commodity value for each document, provided that this deposit shall be refunded to payer as soon as he presents the attested lists and the required documents within (60) days of date of payment.

Article 61
1- Upon clearing any commodity, even when exempted from duties and taxes, a customs declaration shall be presented to the customs house, such declaration shall be organized:
a. In writing.

b. By using information or data processing method whenever such method is required and in accordance with directives issued by the Director. The provisions applied to the written declaration shall apply to this kind of declaration as well.

2- The Director shall specify the forms of declarations and the media for their submission, in addition to the number and princes of copies, the information they must contain, the documents, which shall be attached to the declarations as well as the information contained in such documents.

Of customs law no.20 for the year 1998, the below shall be followed:

Article (1):

A customs declaration shall be submitted at the customs house upon clearance of any goods, including goods exempt from customs duties and other fees and taxes. The declaration shall be:

(a) Handwritten: All the documents required by the customs houses that do not apply the computerized system (JARASH) shall be enclosed therein.

(b) Computerized customs declarations (SAD): These shall be submitted at the customs houses that apply the computerized customs system (JARASH).

Such declarations shall be submitted by electronic means as follows:

1. By direct entry from the computers of the declarants who are authorized to use the direct clearance system from their offices.

2. By entry offices available at the customs houses.

3. By floppy discs.

Article (2):

The declarations registered by the computerized system shall be submitted to Customs within (24) hours as of registration thereof. The Department may not allow the declarants who do not abide by the above-stated period to benefit from the direct entry method.

Article (3):
In addition to the delivery order mentioned in Article (165) of the Customs Law, the following documents shall be enclosed with the customs declarations upon clearance of any goods:

1.The customs declaration of neighboring countries (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian National Authority, Israel) for the goods of origin of those countries, or the goods imported through the ports thereof, or for the goods in transit therein by land to the Kingdom.

2.Maritime bill of lading or a copy thereof authenticated from the ship agent for the goods imported by Aqaba port.

3.Air bill of lading for the goods imported to the Kingdom by air or the cargo declaration for the goods imported by land.

4.Arab transit declaration for the goods imported from non-neighboring Arab countries.

5.The vehicle license for used cars that are registered and licensed in the country of export.

6.An invoice indicating the number of packages, their kind, marks, Nos. as well as class of goods, gross and net weight thereof, value, name of consignor and consignee.

7.A certificate of origin to be organized in accordance with the provisions of the Law and the directives issued there under.

8.The value declaration form for the goods the declared value of which exceeds (2000) JDs.

9.A release application for the goods stored at free zones.
Article (4):
Without prejudice to the instructions regarding waiving the submission of invoices or the certified invoices as well as the instructions concerning proving the origin and the cases exempted thereof, the following procedures shall be followed in case of not submitting the certified invoice or the certified certificate of origin or any of the documents specified in Article (1) above:

1. A cash deposit of 15% of the value shall be levied in lieu of the declarations of gold bars in case of not submitting the certified invoice and the same percent when not submitting a certificate of origin, provided that the deposit amount shall not exceed (250) JDs in lieu of each document.

2. The following sums shall be levied on the customs declarations regarding imported sheep and goats in case of not submitting the required documents:
(6) JDs in lieu of all the documents if the number of the sheep and goats does not exceed (100),
(12) JDs in lieu of all the documents if the number is (101) and does not exceed (500),
(24) JDs on all the documents if the number is (501) and does not exceed (1000),
(40) JDs on all the documents if the number exceeds (1000).

3.With the exception of the cases mentioned in paragraphs (1,2) of this Article, clearance shall be carried out on other kinds of goods against a cash deposit of 0.5% or a bank guarantee of 1% of the value of the goods in lieu of the invoice and the same percent in lieu of the certificate of origin. The payer shall be refunded if the certified invoices and certificates of origin are submitted within (60) days of payment.

Article (5):

1.A separate certificate of origin shall not be required in case of submitting a certified invoice indicating the origin of the goods.

2.In case of not certifying the invoice which indicates the origin and for the purpose of collecting the deposit on the required documents, the invoice and the certificate of origin shall be considered two separate documents and therefore the cash deposit shall be levied in lieu of each of them until submitting them certified.

Article (6):
The agreement which is signed between the importers of movies and the exporters thereof shall replace the certified invoice.

Article (7):

The certified invoices issued from the cities where there are export offices shall be accepted. Those invoices shall be related to the following goods: (sugar, rice, coffee, maize, cereals, sesame, cardamom, lentil, tea, iron).

Article (8):

1.The certified invoices regarding foreign goods that leave the free zone for local consumption shall be accepted, provided that those goods shall leave in the name of the person for whom they were originally entered into the free zone.
2.If the goods leave in the name of another entity, a locally issued invoice by the original owner of the goods to the buyer shall be submitted. The free zone management shall certify this invoice.

Article (9):
Copies of the invoices that are not directly signed by the exporter shall be accepted, provided that they are duly certified by the approved chambers of commerce and the Jordanian Embassies or Consulates if available in the cities of those chambers of commerce.

Article (10):
The invoices issued from the main centers of factories or the offices thereof that have branches in other countries shall be accepted even though the goods were not imported from the main center, provided that the following conditions shall be observed:
Those invoices shall be certified by the chambers of commerce of the cities where the main centers of those factories and the offices or branches thereof are available, as well as by the Jordanian Consulate Missions if available in those cities.
A duly certified certificate shall be submitted proving that there are other branches of those factories and specifying the locations thereof.

Article (11):
The certification of the Arab chambers of commerce that are connected with the chambers of commerce in the exporting countries shall be accepted and approved as if it were issued by the chambers of commerce of the exporting cities in those countries.

Article (12):
All invoices shall have inscribed thereupon the class of goods in Arabic and in customs terminology. The owner of the goods or his representative shall have to sign thereon.

Article (13):
Without prejudice to the instructions regarding waiving the submission of certified invoices, these directives shall apply to the goods imported for local consumption or the goods imported under any of suspended duties statuses.

All canned and preserved foodstuffs are subject to inspection and testing by the Jordanian Ministry of Health to determine fitness for human consumption and by the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology to verify their compliance with Jordanian technical regulations (mandatory standards). If importers do not meet these requirements, the products will be rejected and consignments will be re-exported.