Free Trade Zones
Jordan maintains free trade zones at Aqaba, Sahab, Zarqa, Queen Alia International
Airport and on the Jordanian Syrian border in addition to 9 Private Free Zones
in Quwaira, Aqaba and Qaa Khana, Shidiyeh.
The Zarqa free zone
It was established in 1983 at a 35 Km. roads that link-Jordan with the neighbouring
countries where the State has allocated for the establishment of this free zone
that comprises :
Industrial Investment Sector :
It consists of (50) sectors of an area of 150,000 square meters. 58 industries
were licensed including clothes, fire extinguishers, agricultural equipment,
marble, vegetable and mineral oils, printing, publication, furniture, pre-fab
houses, electric pumps assembling, plastic bags, automotive spare parts, tape
recording, building equipment and computer controlled panels. An area of 300,000
square meters have been developed recently and supplied with all infra structure
services which are necessary for industrial purposes.
Commercial Investment Sector:
This sector consists of 488 sectors of an area of 1,800,000 square meters.
Additionally, the Corporation has established (25) warehouses and spacious yards
over paved and prepared areas for general storage purposes whilst the private
sector has established about (370) warehouses for the storage of goods on the
lands leased thereto.
The Sector comprises (290) small and car exhibitions with a total area of
500,000 square meters.
Sahab Free Zone
An area of 62,000 square meters were allocated at Sahab industrial city for
the purpose of serving the industrial investors there and was opened in the
second half of 1997.
Queen Alia International Airport Free Zone
An area of 20,000 square meters was allocated for the purpose of serving the
transit trade of goods transported by air. Work has started in the first half
of 1998 for developing it.
The following goods are prohibited entry in free trade zones: goods originating
from countries with which trading is banned; drugs, except those determined
by the Ministry of Health to be needed by the local Pharmaceutical industry;
rotten or flammable goods as defined by the free zone authority; and radioactive
materials unless approved for entry by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
Aqaba Special Economic Zone
The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) is the statutory institution
empowered with regulatory, administrative, fiscal, and economic responsibilities
for the ASEZA. The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Law simplifies all procedures,
licenses, and approvals enabling the Authority to provide a business-friendly
environment from one single location in Aqaba.
ASEZA is deeply committed to creating and preserving Aqaba as a competitive
international investment location. ASEZA maintains a streamlined investment
environment and encourages private sector participation in all aspects of the
Zone's development and operations. This ensures the provision of world-class
infrastructure and services to Aqaba's investors, residents, and visitors alike.
ASEZA is genuinely committed to providing:
A one-stop investment center that serves as a single point of decision making
that will facilitate business start-up and smooth operation;
A world-class business environment that maximizes private sector participation
in a duty-free, tax-advantaged, and continuously improving investment climate;
A model approach to governance and environmentally sustainable development.
For more information, please contact the Free Zones Corporation or
the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority at the following addresses: