Retail & Trade

The Syrian General Customs Directorate is going to computerize all its operations under a USD 50 million project supported by the European Union and UNCTAD.
Adnan Suleiman, head of Syria's General Free Trade Zones authority has announced that 13 new Duty Free Markets will be built throughout Syria's border posts.
Syrian-Lebanese bilateral trade grew by 27 percent last year, according to the latest data from the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council.
Syria and the Gulf Cooperation Council are expected to finalize and sign a Free Trade Agreement between them in the coming few months.
Syria and Turkey are moving ever closer towards the setting up of a Free Trade Area between them.
According to preliminary figures recently released by Syria's General Customs Directorate and reported in Teshreen daily, Syria's export sales witnessed a significant decline in 2003 to SYP 247.804 billion (USD 4.76 billion) from SYP 316 billion (USD 6...
In an interview with The Daily Star, a Lebanese daily, Ghassan al-Rifai, Minister of Economy and Trade, said that he expected bilateral trade with Iraq to exceed USD 1 billion in 2004.
A number of new duty free markets (DFMs) are expected to be set up on Syria's borders, according to a story from Zone News an Arabic news portal, after licenses in that sense have been provided to unnamed Syrian private investors.
Syrian exporters continue to fare badly in export markets. The issue has become more pressing following the gradual opening of the domestic market to foreign competition.
Syria's foreign trade recorded a positive balance of SYP 28.82 billion (USD 554 million) in the first nine months of 2003.
Syria has recorded a USD 620 million positive trade balance in the first half of the year, according to Teshreen, the state-owned daily.
The Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade (now the Ministry of Trade) has lifted its ban on the import of artificial flowers.
The latest measure on foreign exchange is meant to simplify operations for exporters, reduce fake export operations and strengthen the national currency.
Syria’s economic and business relationship with Turkey has grown in importance after the closure of the Iraqi market to Syrian businessmen.
Syria's accession bid to the World Trade Organisation was boosted by the declaration of the third Euro-Mediterranean Trade Ministerial Conference, which took place in Palermo, Italy on 7th July 2003.


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