Syria unrest may force Jordan trucks Iraq re-route
Jordan fleets await Iraqi transit decision as Syrian violence worsens
Escalating violence in Syria could force truck fleet owners in Jordan to consider re-routing their transits through Iraq, assuming they gain approval from Baghdad.
Usually up to 300 trucks pass through Syria as they head towards Turkey and Europe every day. However, violence in the country and on the border is making Jordan increasingly concerned for the safety of drivers and vehicles.
The number of trucks crossing the Jordan-Syria border is said to have fallen dramatically in recent days. The president of the Jordan Truck Owners Association (JTOA) has told local media that trucks were now “rarely” entering Syria.
Mohammad Dawood added talks are currently underway between Jordan and Iraq to ease access to Turkey. “We are ready to enter Turkey and Europe through Iraq but are awaiting a response from Iraqi authorities,” he said.