Canada has signed a free trade-accord with Jordan, its first with an Arab country. The agreement, signed Sunday in Amman, will give Jordan preferential trade conditions, including full exemption from customs duties for Jordanian products. In return, Jordan will reduce customs duties on Canadian goods over a transitional period of four years. Forestry, manufacturing, agriculture and agri-food are expected to benefit from immediate duty-free access. The deal is expected to be ratified by both parliaments later this year.
Bilateral trade stood at about $80 million in 2008, according to the Canadian Embassy in Amman, which announced the new agreement.