IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 10 May 2009 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import ban

On May 9 2009, Saudi authorities declined entry to 1200 trucks carrying agricultural products from Yemen on the grounds of poor packaging and other regulating standards. An Yemeni official is reported as stating the following. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presents a great barrier to exporting Yemeni products via truck," said Secretary General of Yemen Supreme Export Council Noman M. Al-Mulsi. "If we want to export to Syria, Jordan, Lebanon or the gulf countries, we have only the Saudi Attiwal outlet where authorities impose tough security and inspection measures against Yemeni exports," said Al-Musli. Agriculutral products said to be involved are mangos, bananas, and onions.
Other press reports suggest that earlier in 2009 Yemen had prevented imports of potatoes from Saudi Arabia, which the former argued were being transhipped through the latter. This point is raised if only to alert readers to a possible sequence of measures taken by the governments concerned.

 

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

012 Vegetables
0703 Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and other alliaceous vegetables, fresh or chilled.
070310 Onions and shallots
070320 Garlic
214 Prepared & preserved fruits & nuts
0803 Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried.
080310 Plantains
080390 Other
0804 Dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes and mangosteens, fresh or dried.
080410 Dates
080430 Pineapples
080450 Guavas, mangoes and mangosteens

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