Jordan is strategically positioned at the crossroads of the MENA region, close to Europe Asia, and Africa. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is only one of two Arab countries to have signed a peaces agreement with Israel and is the only Arab country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, penned in 2001. The U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, which came into full effect in 2010, continues to create advantages for U.S. exporters for high-quality products at more attractive prices, as tariff barriers on the majority of goods traded between the United States and Jordan were eliminated. Because of the FTA there has been a surge in bi-lateral trade increasing 600 percent over the past ten years.
Jordan remains a tourist destination in the Middle East with a moderate climate and historical sites such as the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum.
Regionally, Jordan remains a haven of stability for business interests and in the second year of an Arab Spring has shown resiliency as an even more attractive place for investment and as a business hub in the region. Jordan has strong, cooperative relations with its neighbors and the wider international business community. Imports into Jordan include: mineral fuels and crude oil, industrial machinery, transportation equipment, food and agricultural products, textiles, manufactured goods such as rubber products, paper and cardboard, yarns, chemicals, clothing and footwear. The largest exporters to Jordan include: EU (20 %), Saudi Arabia (20%), China (11%), Germany (6.6%), United States (6% of total imports), Italy (3.43%), France (2.23%), and UK (1.71%).
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