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Syrian exports were at a record low last year, data indicate.


An important Russian delegation promising economic aid to Damascus visited Syria this week, although the scope and size of this aid seems again unclear.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Portuguese TV channel RTP on November 15, 2016.


As fiscal revenues remain very low, the Syrian government is on the hunt to generate more income through raising all sorts of taxes and fees and cracking down on tax fraudsters.


In the first half of 2016, Syria’s trade with Lebanon continued to decline for the third year in a row.


The following docment issued by the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office lists all the artifacts that are banned from import into the U.S.


The U.S. Administration has banned the import of archaeological and ethnological items from Syria, years after wide scale smuggling of Syria’s cultural heritage was first documented.


Syria’s customs revenues increased in the first half of this year as a consequence of the decline in the value of the pound relative to the dollar.


A border crossing between Iraq’s Kurdistan and Syria’s north-eastern region has been reopened after three months of closure.


Lebanon has banned all imports of Syrian fruits and vegetables until early next year, in a move to protect its farmers.


After much delays and official announcements by the Governments of Syria and Iran, the preferential trade agreement between the two countries finally entered into force a few weeks ago.


The city of Homs appears to betting on some form of support by Belarus to help it in its reconstruction drive.


The table below lists all the Syrian companies contracted by UN agencies in 2012. The data include the name of the companies, the subject of the contracts and their value.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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