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Jordan-Turkey FTA boosts apparel & textile trade

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Jan '12
The coming into force of Jordan-Turkey free trade agreement (FTA) last year has strengthened garment and textile trade between the two countries.

The FTA provides for a gradual reduction on tariffs for traded goods between the two countries and ultimately eliminating all customs duties within the next 12 years.

The FTA has resulted in a surge in Turkish textile exports to Jordan, while Jordan is also exploring the Turkish garment market.

Mr. MM Khourma, Chairman of the Jordan Garments, Accessories, & Textiles Exporters' Association (JGATE), shared with fibre2fashion, “Turkey is a new market for us. We are currently exploring the Turkish market and Jordan's garment industry is very positive about it. With the implementation of the Jordan-Turkey FTA, we feel Turkey will act as our gateway to the European market.”

“However, for garment industry in Jordan to export to EU, we need to satisfy the norms of the EU. That will include getting the fabrics certified in EU, manufacture in Jordan and then send it back to EU,” he avers.

Apprising about further benefits of FTA, he says, “There is a growing demand for Turkish products in Jordan and we hope this will encourage the Turkish investors to come and invest in Jordan to utilize the FTA we have with the US (Jordan-US FTA). It will be mutually beneficial for both countries – Turkey as well as Jordan – as Turkey can increase its exports to the US through the US-Jordan FTA. We are looking forward to more Turkish investments in Jordan.”

Jordan does not have fabric manufacturing and hence it is dependent on imports for fabric requirements of its garment industry. “Turkey is the latest addition to our fabric import destinations of India, Pakistan and China. Turkish fabrics are indeed of good quality,” the JGATE Chairman reveals.

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