Retail & Trade

The Ministry of Economy has issued a decision obliging all importers of garments, shoes and home appliances to print their names on every item they import.
The Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector or FMCG is a booming sector in Syria, following the liberalization of foreign trade, the establishment of free trade areas with Arab countries and Turkey and the general decrease in customs tariffs on imports.
The city of Homs is expecting works on its first exhibition centre to finish by the beginning of 2011.
Segafredo Zanetti, an international coffee and coffee shop brand, has added two new outlets in Syria, the firsts outside Damascus.
Turkey and Syria have agreed to build a new crossing on their common border.
Syria’s first online grocery has attracted some 2,000 clients, mostly dual income middle class families, in its first three months of activity, according to its CEO, Ziad Abou Jeb.
Syria ranked 104 out of 125 countries in the world and 11 out of 12 Arab countries in the Enabling Trade Index, an index produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Admic, a Lebanese company that holds the regional franchise of several French supermarket and hypermarket chains, plans to open its first store in Syria.
In last week’s edition of The Syria Report we published a story on the sale of RAMAK Duty Free Shops to a group of Syrian and Arab investors.
RAMAK Duty Free, a chain of duty free shops on Syria ’s border crossings, has announced that it has sold its shops to Arab and Syrian investors.
A joint Jordanian-Syrian Committee held on October 17 and 18 adopted several measures aimed at enhancing trade and movements between the two countries.
Syria ranked 108 out of 121 countries in the world in the Enabling Trade Index (ETI), produced by the World Economic Forum.
The Syrian President issued a decree on April 21 establishing an Export Development Fund.
A trademark dispute is preventing Carrefour, the French global retailer, from opening stores under its name in Syria.
The Syrian President has issued a decree establishing an export promotion body, the first of its kind in Syria, the Export Development and Promotion Agency.


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