Guidance

Trade with Jordan

How you import from and export to Jordan.

UK-Jordan association agreement

The UK has signed an association agreement with Jordan, which is in effect.

This guidance provides information on aspects of trade covered by the UK-Jordan association agreement. It is for UK businesses trading with Jordan.

What the agreement covers

This association agreement covers:

  • trade in goods (including provisions on preferential tariffs, tariff rate quotas, rules of origin and sanitary and phytosanitary measures)
  • trade in services
  • intellectual property

Import tariff rates on goods

Tariff rates for bilateral trade in goods between the UK and Jordan continue to apply as set out in the agreement. However, in some cases, the non-preferential applied rates may in fact be lower because of changes in the UK’s Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule.

You can use online tools trade with the UK and check how to export goods to check product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs and regulations that currently apply to UK trade in goods. These tools are regularly updated to reflect any changes.

Import tariff rate quotas

Tariff rate quotas in the agreement have been tailored specifically to the UK.

To find out the new tariff rate quotas, see table 3 of the parliamentary report.

Rules of origin

Claiming preferential rates for your exports from the UK

Unless you are permitted to provide an invoice declaration, you will need to fill in a certificate of origin to claim preferential treatment.

Updated certificates of origin are available from your usual provider, for example chambers of commerce. Certificates will look very similar to those previously used. They will show the UK as the place of origin rather than the EU.

Using EU materials and processing in your exports to Jordan

You can continue to use EU materials or processing in your exports to Jordan. The UK and Jordan must have fulfilled the necessary requirements set out in the Rules of Origin Protocol. You must also ensure the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and the other relevant conditions are met.

For example, you will not be able to simply package or label a product from the EU and export it to Jordan as a good originating in the UK.

See the list of minimal operations in Article 7 of the Rules of Origin Protocol in the UK-Jordan agreement text.

The ability to consider materials from, or processing carried out in, another country as originating when incorporated into your product is called cumulation.

Using materials and/or processing from other countries in your exports to Jordan

If both the UK and Jordan have an agreement with one of the other countries provided for in the Rules of Origin Protocol, you can continue using materials, and in some cases processing, from that country in your exports to Jordan. You must ensure that the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and the other relevant conditions are fulfilled.

Sending your goods to Jordan through the EU and other countries

Goods transited through the EU – and any other country with whom cumulation is applicable – will not be subject to the same restrictions as those in transit through other third countries.

For example, you will be able to split a consignment in the EU when exporting goods to Jordan, provided the goods comprising the consignment have not been entered into free circulation in the EU.

Transit through any other third country is possible provided your goods remain under customs surveillance and do not undergo operations other than unloading, reloading or any operation designed to preserve them in good condition.

Goods in transit and retrospective certificates of origin

For goods that were in transit when the EU-Jordan association agreement ceased to apply to the UK, you can obtain a retrospective certificate of origin. This will show that the goods originated in the UK and are eligible for preferential terms if your goods arrived on, or within 12 months after, the date the UK-Jordan association agreement came into effect.

You can get retrospective certificates of origin from your usual provider.

Further information

Find further guidance on exporting.

Find out how the Northern Ireland Protocol could affect your business.

Freight forwarding may save you time and money if you’re exporting large volumes of goods or high value items by sea or air freight. Find out more about freight forwarders.

This guidance is for information only. You should consult your legal advisers if you wish to ensure you understand the legal implications of trading for your business.

Contact

If you have queries about trade, contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Should you wish to speak to someone directly, we have local trade offices based around the UK. Within each office, you can contact an international trade advisor. Find your local trade office.

Published 20 December 2019
Last updated 18 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated information on certificates of origin following ratification of UK-Jordan association agreement.

  2. Updated with the date that the agreement is expected to come into effect (1 May 2021).

  3. Page updated to provide detailed guidance on how to trade with Jordan from 1 January 2021. This includes information on import tariff rates and rules of origin.

  4. First published.