About Customs

                  The early twenties of the last century have witnessed the establishment of Trans-Jordan Emirate. Thus, there was a need to establish a governmental agency to control the movement of goods and commodities imported into the Emirate, as well as goods transiting through its territories due to the location of the Emirate at the heart of the Arab World, as well as its strategic importance at both the regional and international levels, Therefore, the first Customs administration – that was then known as Directorate of General Excise and Statistics- was officially inaugurated in parallel to the establishment of Trans-Jordan Emirate in 1921. It was administratively related to the Council of Advisors, (currently, the Prime Ministry) during the period 1921-1925. Initially, it took up the task of statistics and inspection as well as collecting revenues levied on imported goods. Afterwards, it was structured under Finance Principal (Minister of finance) and later called Directorate of Customs and Excise. During 1928-1935, Jordan customs was disengaged from Finance Principal and linked directly with the Council of Ministers. During 1953-1951, the Department was coupled with Ministry of Trade and Industry as it was called then Ministry of Trade/ Customs. Between1956-1983, the Department was re-linked with Ministry of Finance and named Ministry of Finance/ Customs. As of 1983, the Department has been called General Customs Department headed by a Director General who reports directly to Minister of Finance. Since then, twenty Director Generals have alternated this post.

                  Since its establishment, several Customs houses have been created. Allenby Bridge Customs Center (currently known as King Hussein Bridge) which is located on Jordan River was established in 1930 to facilitate the movement of goods to and from Palestine. Additionally, Al-Ramtha Customs center - on the Jordan-Syria borders and Amman Customs center, which was located in Ain Ghazal area, were established. During the period 1931- 1938, several Customs centers such as Sheikh Hussein Bridge (currently, Jordan Valley crossing), Al-Jfour ( currently, Al-Karama) and Ma'an were also established. As well, post office Customs centers were set up in Amman, Irbid and Zarqa. Following this, was the establishment of Aqaba Customs Center in 1944. The number of Customs houses in operation currently amounts to (33) houses, major and minor, in addition to (2) existing Customs laboratories in Amman and Aqaba.

                  Regarding legislations, the first law was issued in 1926 to regulate Customs work. It was called Customs and excise law, which was then amended several times to line up with the local and international developments and transformations In 1962, law No. (1) was issues and remained in force until the issuance of customs Provisional Law No (20) and its amendments for 1998. As for Customs Tariff systems, the firs tariff which comprised exchanged goods lists and levied duty rates was issued in 1936, and was later amended several times during 1957, 1962. The last of which was the WCO's Harmonized System which the department commenced applying in 1994.

                  The Department’s tasks and responsibilities have broadened to encompass active contribution to national economy support, investment promotion, trade facilitation, combating smuggling and protecting the local community and environment from hazardous materials, as well as controlling cross-border movements of passengers, goods and transportations passing through the kingdom. Therefore, the department has been adopting up-to-date technologies to further enhance and serve Customs work, and realize the concept of e-government. As a result of applying such approach, JC has now secured its position among the best worldwide Customs administrations that provide all stakeholders with high-quality services.

Director Generals who headed Jordan Customs Administration since its establishment:

Name Job Title Period of Time
Abdussalam Kamal. Director of Excise, Production and General Statistics. 01/10/1922 - 06/1/1926
H.A. Turner. Director of Customs and Excise. 06/03/1927 – 14/05/1935
B.Livingstone. Director of Customs, Industry and Commerce. 14/05/1935 – 13/09/1948
Fawaz Al-Rossan. Director of Customs, Industry and Commerce. 13/09/1948 – 01/03/1951
Zahaa Al-Deen Al-Hmood. Under-Secretary of State for Commerce. 01/03/1951 – 11/07/1951
Mohammad Odeh Al-Quraan. Under-Secretary of State for Finance/Customs. 11/07/1951 – 01/07/1962
Saed Al-Dorra. Under-Secretary of State for Finance/Customs. 01/07/1962 – 06/06/1965
Ali Al-Hassan. Under-Secretary of State for Finance/Customs. 06/06/1965 – 01/02/1971
Mamdouh Al-Saraira. Under-Secretary of State for Finance/Customs. 01/02/1971 – 01/02/1975
Yassin Al-kayed. Under-Secretary of State for Finance/Customs. 01/02/1975 – 08/05/1982
Adel Al-Qoda. Customs Director General. 08/05/1982 – 09/06/1990
Dr. Mahdi Al-Farhan. Customs Director General. 09/06/1990 – 01/11/1991
Mohammad Ahmad Al-Jamal. Customs Director General. 01/11/1991 – 16/05/1994
Nazmi Al-Abdullah. Customs Director General. 16/05/1994 – 07/11/1999
Dr. Khalid Al-Wazani. Customs Director General. 07/11/1999 – 19/06/2001
Mahmoud Qutieshat. Customs Director General. 19/06/2001 – 01/06/2005
Eng.Alaa.Al Batayneh Customs Director General. 01/06/2005 – 02/05/2007
Mut'eb Wsaiwes Al-Zaben Customs Director General. 13/05/2007 - 21/10/2008
Ghaleb Qassem Al-Saraira Customs Director General. 22/10/2008 - 08/06/2013
Monther Abdelqader Al-Assaf Customs Director General. 24/10/2013 - 29/10/2015
Dr. Waddah Mah'd Hmoud Customs Director General. 15/11/2015 - 13/09/2018
Dr. Abd Al-Majeed Ahmad Alrahamneh Customs Director General. 13/09/2018 -