Frozen chicken exempt from Jordan customs duties
A proposal to exempt importers of frozen chicken and
fish from customs duties for six months is making poultry farmers
â€œIf this proposal is approved, it will be a disasterâ€¦ it will destroy the
local poultry industry business again,â€ Haidar Amairah, owner of Al Tahouni
chicken. Farmers expect it will have a major negative impact on their
businesses, which suffered during last year's bird flu scare. The proposal comes
in the wake of an increase in the price of white meat in the local market.
The cost of imported barley, like corn and soy beans, has been a major
factor in the nearly 23% rise in prices, as chicken-feed accounts for 70% of the
Several major industry players visited the Agriculture Ministry to discuss
this issue. The proposal is being studied at the higher committee for prices,
which will present its recommendations to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The Agriculture Ministry and the board of trade must endorse the decision before
it can take effect.
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