ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Aug 2019
On 15 August 2019, the Jordanian Cabinet issues a new Decision introducing new E-commerce fee on personal online cross-border purchases made by citizens and residents in Jordan.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Press Release: Jordan Customs Launches Electronic Trading Platform. Jordanian Customs. 15 August 2019. Arabic. Available at https://www.customs.gov.jo/ar/CMS_NewsDetails.aspx?Key=11484
Customs launches platform to regulate e-commerce. Jordon News Agency. 19 August 2019. Arabic. Available at http://petra.gov.jo/Include/InnerPage.jsp?ID=109789&lang=ar&name=news
On 15 August 2019, the Jordanian Cabinet issued Decision no. 12/11/14/33187 announcing the introduction of a new E-commerce fee on personal online cross-border purchases made by citizens and residents in Jordan. The Decision revokes Cabinet Decision No. 12/11/4/7638 of 16/2/2019 on exemptions for postal parcels (for personal use).
The Jordanian Customs has accordingly launched an electronic platform to be a regulator/statistical database and to implement the content of the Cabinet's decision whilst maintaining the partial exemption on goods received for personal use and are less than 100 JOD (141.34 USD).
The collection of the new E-commerce fee would be as follows:
As per official press releases, this new E-commerce fee is to achieve justice between electronic and traditional trade and to protect local producers. It curbs "the growing tides of E-commerce by imposing a customs services fee and setting annual ceilings for this trade at 500 JOD (706.71 USD) compared to 2400 JOD (3,392.23 USD) previously.
Goods that are worth more than 50 JOD (70.67 USD) and less than 100 JOD (141.34 USD) will be subject to a service fee of 10 JOD (14.13 USD) on each invoice through a declaration on the platform. In case the customer fails to declare the shipment on the platform, they will be charged a services fee of 25 JOD (35.34 USD) provided that the annual bills should not exceed 500 JOD (706.71 USD) combined. A transitional period of three months is given afterward no purchases can be done outside the Customs platform.