Customs (303)

01-03-2016

Private investment fell sharply last year in Syria, after a relative respite in 2014, data from a government body indicate.

02-02-2016

Syria slightly reduced its trade deficit with Lebanon last year, according to data from the Lebanese customs.

26-01-2016

Growing in assertiveness, the Kurdish Self-Administration Democratic Authority in north-eastern Syria has issued in the past two years more than 40 different laws including investment regulations, the imposition of customs fees and the commemoration through a public holiday of the arrest of Abdallah Ocalan.

26-01-2016

The Syrian Prime Minister fired last week the head of the Syrian Customs Department, Majdi Hikmieh.

11-01-2016

Revenues generated by the customs department increased last year in Syrian Pound terms, although this was only the consequence of the decline in the value of the currency.

21-12-2015

The text of Security Council Resolution 2253 (2015), imposing sanctions on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (also called ISIS).

30-11-2015

Syrian industrialists are renewing calls for the establishment of a Turkey boycott office akin to the Israeli Boycott Bureau, a move that has economic as much as political motives.

02-11-2015

Syria’s tax revenues have increased markedly in the first half of this year, according to the Ministry of Finance.

29-10-2015

Revenues generated from customs fees and taxes this year will be higher than in 2014 in nominal terms and continue to represent an important source of income for the Syrian Treasury.

21-09-2015

The Syrian Government has banned state institutions from importing from Turkey, while at the same time expanding access to Iranian products.

24-08-2015

Syria’s trade with Lebanon declined by six percent in the first half of 2015 according to statistics from the Lebanese customs.

06-07-2015

The Syrian authorities are continuing to issue legislation targeted at both raising fiscal revenues and encouraging some business sectors.

06-07-2015

Syria’s trade deficit remained extremely large during the first half of this year as exports represented less than 7.5 percent of the value of imports, official data show.

25-05-2015

For the second week in a row, the US dollar has climbed in the Syrian foreign currency market.

25-05-2015

Syria and Iran signed last week several economic agreements, although a widely expected new credit line from Tehran was not included.

09-03-2015

Tax evasion in Syria is at some 8 percent of GDP, according to estimates produced by the General Workers Union.

16-02-2015

Syria’s imports from Russia stood at around USD 1 billion in 2014, according to a Government official.

16-02-2015

Syria’s market for new cars remained depressed last year, according to preliminary data from the customs directorate.

09-02-2015

In Syrian Pound terms, customs revenues increased last year, according to a government official.

02-02-2015

Syria’s trade with Lebanon dropped dramatically last year largely because of a decline in Lebanese exports of oil products.

12-01-2015

The Syrian Government has extended an exemption of customs duties on Iranian products, the only known result of several days of negotiations between the two governments.

15-12-2014

The decrease in customs duties by the Syrian Government is being opposed by manufacturers of the textile sector who fear for their competitiveness.

08-12-2014

The Syrian Government has overhauled drastically the country’s customs tariff schedule and reduced to a fifth the highest duty rates.

10-11-2014

After holding steady for several weeks the Syrian Pound lost again last week some ground relative to the U.S. dollar.

20-10-2014

The administration of the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing between Turkey and Syria, which is in the hands of forces affiliated to the opposition, has denied rumours that it had raised transit fees.

25-08-2014

The government has extended an exemption of all import fees and duties on a list of food items imported by state entities until the end of this year.

04-08-2014

Syria’s trade with Lebanon decreased markedly in the first half of this year compared to the same period of 2013.

14-07-2014

The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) adopted on July 14, 2014, on delivering humanitarian “across conflict lines.”

07-07-2014

Russia will provide a grant worth several hundred million dollars to the Syrian Government under an agreement signed last May.

23-06-2014

The Syrian Ministry of Economy has reportedly drafted a law that will reduce and simplify the customs tariff schedule imposed on imported products.

12-05-2014

An attempt by the Syrian government to limit import trade has created a black market for import licenses granted to local traders.

05-05-2014

Syria has applied to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, according to the deputy Minister of Economy.

28-04-2014

Bilateral trade between Syria and Turkey doubled last year on an annual basis, official statistics show, although it remained well below pre-uprising levels.

10-03-2014

Two sets of preliminary data have confirmed that, excluding oil products, Syria’s foreign trade has become largely dominated by food commodities and phosphate.

24-02-2014

Syria’s imports from Lebanon increased to $524 million in 2013 as the country increasingly relied on its smaller neighbor to transit its oil procurements.

17-02-2014

The cost of construction for housing units in Damascus more than doubled last year, according to estimates from a state entity.

10-02-2014

In a trade fair organized in Beirut last week, Syrian garment exporters managed to clinch contracts worth dozens of millions of dollars.

13-01-2014

Syria’s customs revenues declined a further 10 percent in nominal terms last year, according to preliminary data.

23-12-2013

The Syrian government is reducing customs duties on food imports as the low local production is creating shortages and raising prices.

02-12-2013

Government data have confirmed a dramatic plunge in Syria’s foreign trade in the last two years.

25-11-2013

Syria’s car market fell dramatically in the last three years, according to a government official.

07-10-2013

Revenues generated by the customs department continue to decline this year as a result of the fall in Syria’s foreign trade activity.

29-09-2013

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Italian Rai News on September 29, 2013.

12-08-2013

Trade between Lebanon and Syria surged in the first half of this year, according to official statistics.

05-08-2013

A Presidential decree issued on Sunday has banned all commercial transactions in any currency other than the Syrian pound, in a bid to stem the decline of the local currency.

05-08-2013

Syria’s car market continued to fall dramatically last year, according to government statistics.

29-07-2013

The increasing risks associated with transporting goods through Syrian territory have led to a sharp rise in insurance premiums.

08-07-2013

The government’s revenues from customs tariffs and fees declined last year on the back of falling foreign trade.