By Simon Kent.
Last Summer, the Jordanian government closed the Trebil border crossing with Iraq as fighters from the so called “Islamic State,” also known as Daesh, took control of huge areas of Anbar in Iraq.
Jordan’s Ministry of Transport subsequently forbade truckers to transit into Iraq, causing over 300 million Jordanian Dinars worth of damage to the trade.
As a result of the closure, almost a third of Jordan’s 17,000 truck haulage fleet is idle, a huge blow to the JD1.5bn sector.
Mohammed Dawood, President of the Jordan Truck Owners Association, described the industry as “doomed” if the situation continued.
(Source: Jordan Times.)