اسئلة متكررة

You ask, we answer... Frequently asked questions.

Customs
Income Tax
Sales Tax & Special Tax
Registration &Licensing
Land & Warehouses
Miscellaneous

*Customs
2)       How long can a visitor stay in the Zone if he wishes to get exemptions on the goods purchased from the Zone and what are the procedures for entering and exiting from and to the Zone?

There is no specific period of time visitors to stay in the Zone in order to get exemptions on purchased goods.

Visitors to the Zone shall be entitled to the following exemptions:
1- The utmost exemptions are within the value of 100 JDs.
2- Presents carried by the visitors to the Customs Territory of Jordan must only be quantified for personal use or for personal presents but not with commercial quantities.
3- Only 200 cigarettes and 1 liter of alcohol are exempted from fees which includes the maximum amount of exemption.
4- All those enjoying the exemptions must be 18 years old and above.
5- Presents should not be forbidden or restricted goods when imported unless it is approved by the related authorities.
6- Frequent visitors to the Custom Territory of Jordan will not benefit from these exemptions. These visitors include: public vehicle drivers, bus drivers and truck drivers, within the instructions stipulated by the Customs Department.
7- Exemptions exclude electrical devices.
As for entering and exiting procedures from and to the zone:
1- Jordanians: have the right to enter and exit Aqaba as they wish.
2- Non-Jordanians: (one must differentiate between those who have the right to enter Jordan and those who have the right to enter Aqaba):
a. Non-Jordanians who do not need an entry visa to Jordan, who have obtained an annual residency permit in Jordan, who obtained a working permit in Jordan, who obtained a visit visa to Jordan have the right to enter and exit Aqaba as they wish.
b. Non-Jordanians obtaining an annual residency permit in Aqaba, a working permit in Aqaba, a visit visa to Aqaba, have the right to enter and exit the customs territory without the need for permission according to the memorandum of understanding signed between the Minister of Interior and the Chief Commissioner.
4)       What are the procedures for exporting goods from the Zone to the Customs Territory of Jordan for Registered and Non-Registered Enterprises?

Non-registered Enterprises are not allowed to import or export goods with commercial quantities, this is only entitled to Registered Enterprises. 
The procedures for exporting goods from the Zone to the Custom Territory of Jordan is as follows:

First: The registered Enterprise exporting goods shall either use its own specific means of transportation, or it shall hire transportation services from cargo and shipping companies. The Authority shall not have any involvement in these procedures.

Second: Before disposing the goods or taking any other procedures the exporting Registered Enterprise shall head for the National Custom office, gate 3 at the port where the Custom Declaration shall be arranged and the goods shall be inspected and steeled.

Third: The exporting Registered Enterprise shall send the goods to the borders of the Zone where it shall submit the Custom Declaration and hence admitting the goods outside the zone.

It has to be taken into consideration that no Registered Enterprise is entitled to admit any kind of goods without issuing the Custom Declaration from the port and not at all from the borders.
5)       What are the procedures for selling goods in commercial quantities from a registered enterprise to a non-registered enterprise in the Zone?

Any Registered Enterprise is entitled to sell it’s goods in commercial quantities to Non-registered Enterprises in the Zone, but it cannot sell the whole quantity at one time since the Non-registered Enterprise isn’t allowed to complete the ST9 procedures.
NOTE: If the Registered Enterprise imported its goods and wanted to sell it by retail; therefore, the Registered Enterprise has to issue the (ST9) every 60 days from the date of admitting it’s goods. In each time the enterprise issues the (ST9) it has to hire Clearance Services. In order to avoid issuing (ST9) more than once and hence paying the Clearance Agent in every time, the registered enterprise can sell it’s goods to itself and in this case it will only issue the (ST9) once.
6)       Is there an Area in the Zone where Non-Registered Enterprises can have their goods exported to the Custom Territories?

As mentioned above, only Registered Enterprises can export from the Zone.
7)       How much should the cost of goods be in order to use a Custom Declaration Form?

Any amount can be shown on the Customs Declaration form.
8)       Does the enterprise have to get the approval of Measurement and Specification Department when admitting goods to ASEZA?

Yes, when admitting goods to ASEZA the Enterprise must have the approval of Measurement and Specification Department since no rendered new resolution abolished any old resolution.

The procedures are as follows:
– head for ASEZA’s Custom Department and not the National Customs Department.
– head for the Cargo and Release Center and ask for the employee representing the Measurement and Specification Department who in his turn will sign and handle the (AA9) procedures to Aqaba.
9)       Can any registered Enterprise purchase goods from the Custom Territory of Jordan and ASEZA without paying customs, fees and taxes?

Yes, any registered Enterprise can purchase goods from Jordan’s Custom Territory. It can also admit these goods to Aqaba but customs and tax exemptions only occur when the goods are imported through the name of any registered Enterprise and there is no mechanism for Non-Registered Enterprises to import merchandise into the Zone. However, if the purchase, selling and paying occurred outside the Zone in this case the customs and tax resolutions of that area would be implemented regardless of ASEZA’s own regulations.
10)    What are the procedures to transfer custom paid goods that are already in Aqaba to the Custom Territory of Jordan?

The goods that are already in Aqaba are considered custom and tax free, therefore, when exiting these goods from the Zone to Jordan Custom Territory the enterprise has to pay the subjected customs and goods

*Income Tax
2)       How long can a visitor stay in the Zone if he wishes to get exemptions on the goods purchased from the Zone and what are the procedures for entering and exiting from and to the Zone?

There is no specific period of time visitors to stay in the Zone in order to get exemptions on purchased goods.

Visitors to the Zone shall be entitled to the following exemptions:
1- The utmost exemptions are within the value of 100 JDs.
2- Presents carried by the visitors to the Customs Territory of Jordan must only be quantified for personal use or for personal presents but not with commercial quantities.
3- Only 200 cigarettes and 1 liter of alcohol are exempted from fees which includes the maximum amount of exemption.
4- All those enjoying the exemptions must be 18 years old and above.
5- Presents should not be forbidden or restricted goods when imported unless it is approved by the related authorities.
6- Frequent visitors to the Custom Territory of Jordan will not benefit from these exemptions. These visitors include: public vehicle drivers, bus drivers and truck drivers, within the instructions stipulated by the Customs Department.
7- Exemptions exclude electrical devices.
As for entering and exiting procedures from and to the zone:
1- Jordanians: have the right to enter and exit Aqaba as they wish.
2- Non-Jordanians: (one must differentiate between those who have the right to enter Jordan and those who have the right to enter Aqaba):
a. Non-Jordanians who do not need an entry visa to Jordan, who have obtained an annual residency permit in Jordan, who obtained a working permit in Jordan, who obtained a visit visa to Jordan have the right to enter and exit Aqaba as they wish.
b. Non-Jordanians obtaining an annual residency permit in Aqaba, a working permit in Aqaba, a visit visa to Aqaba, have the right to enter and exit the customs territory without the need for permission according to the memorandum of understanding signed between the Minister of Interior and the Chief Commissioner.

4)       What are the procedures for exporting goods from the Zone to the Customs Territory of Jordan for Registered and Non-Registered Enterprises?

Non-registered Enterprises are not allowed to import or export goods with commercial quantities, this is only entitled to Registered Enterprises. 
The procedures for exporting goods from the Zone to the Custom Territory of Jordan is as follows:

First: The registered Enterprise exporting goods shall either use its own specific means of transportation, or it shall hire transportation services from cargo and shipping companies. The Authority shall not have any involvement in these procedures.

Second: Before disposing the goods or taking any other procedures the exporting Registered Enterprise shall head for the National Custom office, gate 3 at the port where the Custom Declaration shall be arranged and the goods shall be inspected and steeled.

Third: The exporting Registered Enterprise shall send the goods to the borders of the Zone where it shall submit the Custom Declaration and hence admitting the goods outside the zone.

It has to be taken into consideration that no Registered Enterprise is entitled to admit any kind of goods without issuing the Custom Declaration from the port and not at all from the borders.
5)       What are the procedures for selling goods in commercial quantities from a registered enterprise to a non-registered enterprise in the Zone?

Any Registered Enterprise is entitled to sell it’s goods in commercial quantities to Non-registered Enterprises in the Zone, but it cannot sell the whole quantity at one time since the Non-registered Enterprise isn’t allowed to complete the ST9 procedures.
NOTE: If the Registered Enterprise imported its goods and wanted to sell it by retail; therefore, the Registered Enterprise has to issue the (ST9) every 60 days from the date of admitting it’s goods. In each time the enterprise issues the (ST9) it has to hire Clearance Services. In order to avoid issuing (ST9) more than once and hence paying the Clearance Agent in every time, the registered enterprise can sell it’s goods to itself and in this case it will only issue the (ST9) once.
6)       Is there an Area in the Zone where Non-Registered Enterprises can have their goods exported to the Custom Territories?

As mentioned above, only Registered Enterprises can export from the Zone.
7)       How much should the cost of goods be in order to use a Custom Declaration Form?

Any amount can be shown on the Customs Declaration form.
8)       Does the enterprise have to get the approval of Measurement and Specification Department when admitting goods to ASEZA?

Yes, when admitting goods to ASEZA the Enterprise must have the approval of Measurement and Specification Department since no rendered new resolution abolished any old resolution.

The procedures are as follows:
– head for ASEZA’s Custom Department and not the National Customs Department.
– head for the Cargo and Release Center and ask for the employee representing the Measurement and Specification Department who in his turn will sign and handle the (AA9) procedures to Aqaba.
9)       Can any registered Enterprise purchase goods from the Custom Territory of Jordan and ASEZA without paying customs, fees and taxes?

Yes, any registered Enterprise can purchase goods from Jordan’s Custom Territory. It can also admit these goods to Aqaba but customs and tax exemptions only occur when the goods are imported through the name of any registered Enterprise and there is no mechanism for Non-Registered Enterprises to import merchandise into the Zone. However, if the purchase, selling and paying occurred outside the Zone in this case the customs and tax resolutions of that area would be implemented regardless of ASEZA’s own regulations.
10)    What are the procedures to transfer custom paid goods that are already in Aqaba to the Custom Territory of Jordan?

The goods that are already in Aqaba are considered custom and tax free, therefore, when exiting these goods from the Zone to Jordan Custom Territory the enterprise has to pay the subjected customs and goods

 
*Sales Tax & Special Tax

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*Registration licensing

التسجيل و الترخيص
ما هي رسوم التسجيل في السلطة؟
تستوفي السلطة الرسوم التالية :-
ألف دينار تدفع لمرة واحدة بدل رسم تسجيل المؤسسة 0
خمسمائة دينار رسم ترخيص سنوي عن كل نشاط تمارسه المؤسسة أو تجديد هذا الترخيص 0
الرسوم تستوفى عند صدور الموافقة بالتسجيل، ولكن قبل إصدار الرخصة.

What are the fees for obtaining a Registered Enterprise certificate?
The fee for processing and issuing a Registered Enterprise certificate to an approved legal entity is:
Thousand Dinars as Enterprise registration fee (paid only once).
Five hundred Dinars as annual licensing fee for every activity conducted by the Enterprise or for renewal of such license.
The fee will be collected after processing and approval of the application, but before the certificate is issued by the Investor Services Directorate.
هل فترة التسجيل محددة؟
لا فقد تم البدء بالتسجيل منذ شهر شباط 2001 لفترة غير محددة.

Is there a closing date for registering with ASEZA?
No, there is no closing date to register with ASEZA. Registration was launched on February 15,2001 and will continue for an indefinite period.
هل التسجيل في السلطة حكرا على سكان العقبة أم هو لسكان الأردن والأجانب أيضا؟
بما أنه لا توجد قيود على نسبة الاستثمار غير الأردني في العقبة فان أبواب التسجيل مفتوحة لجميع الجنسيات العربية والأجنبية.

Is registering with ASEZA entitled to those residing in Aqaba or is it open to Jordanians and Foreigners too?
No, Jordanian and Non-Jordanian companies may be registered/licensed with ASEZA.
من هي الجهة التي سيكتب الشيك باسمها؟
تحرر الشيكات باسم سلطة منطقة العقبة الاقتصادية الخاصة و حاليا تدفع المبالغ بالدينار الأردني فقط.

To whom shall the check be addressed for the purpose of registering with ASEZA?
Checks should be addressed to Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and in the meantime amounts must be paid in Jordanian Dinar only.
ما هي الوثائق المطلوبة للتسجيل ضمن السلطة؟
شركات التضامن و شركات التوصية البسيطة:
صورة طبق الأصل عن شهادة تسجيل الشركة لدى مراقب الشركات.
تفويض مصادق عليها صادر عن المفوض بالتوقيع عن الشركة يخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية لمقدم الطلب شريطة أن يتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

الشركات ذات المسؤولية المحدودة:
صورة طبق الأصل عن شهادة تسجيل الشركة لدى مراقب الشركات.
صورة طبق الأصل عن عقد التأسيس والنظام الأساسي للشركة.
شهادة صادرة عن مراقب الشركات تبين المفوضين بالتوقيع عن الشركة.
تفويض صادر عن المفوض بالتوقيع عن الشركة يخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية لمقدم الطلب شريطة أن يتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

الشركات المساهمة العامة:
صورة طبق الأصل عن شهادة تسجيل الشركة لدى مراقب الشركات.
صورة طبق الأصل عن عقد التأسيس والنظام الأساسي للشركة.
شهادة صادرة عن مراقب الشركات تبين المفوضين بالتوقيع عن الشركة.
تفويض صادر عن المفوض بالتوقيع عن الشركة يخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية لمقدم الطلب شريطة أن يتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

الشركات المعفاة وفروع الشركات الأجنبية غير العاملة :
صورة طبق الأصل عن شهادة تسجيل الشركة لدى مراقب الشركات.
صورة طبق الأصل عن عقد التأسيس والنظام الأساسي للشركة.
شهادة صادرة عن مراقب الشركات تبين المفوضين بالتوقيع عن الشركة.
تفويض صادر عن المفوض بالتوقيع عن الشركة يخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية لمقدم الطلب شريطة أن تتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

المؤسسات الفردية المسجلة لدى السجل التجاري :
صورة طبق الأصل عن شهادة تسجيل المؤسسة الفردية لدى وزارة الصناعة و التجارة/ السجل التجاري.
تفويض صادر عن المؤسسة موقع من المفوض بالتوقيع عنها تخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية مقدم الطلب شريطة أن تتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

المؤسسات المهنية العاملة في المنطقة الجمركية :
صورة طبق الأصل عن شهادة تسجيل المؤسسة المهنية من الجهة المعنية إن وجدت ، أو وثيقة تقبلها السلطة تثبت مباشرة المؤسسة المهنية لأعمالها حسب مقتضى الحال.
تفويض صادر عن المؤسسة موقع من المفوض بالتوقيع عنها يخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية لمقدم الطلب شريطة أن تتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

الهيئات غير التجارية العاملة في المنطقة الجمركية وذلك وفقا لما يقرره المجلس:
صورة مصدقة عن شهادة تسجيل الهيئة غير التجارية من الجهة المعنية وصورة مصدقة عن نظامها الأساسي.
بيان مفصل عن النشاطات التي ستباشرها الهيئة في المنطقة موقع من المفوض بالتوقيع عن الهيئة.
تفويض صادر عن المفوض بالتوقيع عن الهيئة تخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.
جواز سفر أو هوية أحوال مدنية لمقدم الطلب شريطة أن تتضمن الرقم الوطني أو وثيقة معتمدة لدى المملكة تثبت هوية غير الأردنيين.

What are the required documents to register/license with ASEZA?
Required documents for Registering / Licensing with ASEZA according to the Legal Identity of the Enterprise:

1. General Partnership or Limited Partnership Company &
Foreign Operating Company Registered to conduct activities throughout Jordan.

Certified copy of the registration certificate with the Companies Controller.
When the applicant is not the representative of the company, an authorization from the company allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A passport or identification card of the applicant, which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians.

2. Public Shareholding Company Offshore Company or Non-Operating Foreign Company

Certified copy of the registration certificate with the Companies Controller.
Certified copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company.
A certificate issued by the Companies Controller indicating the signatories of the company.
When the applicant is not the representative of the company, an authorization from the company allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A passport or identification card of the applicant which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians.

3. Limited Liability Company

Certified copy of the registration certificate with the Companies Controller.
Certified copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company.
A certificate issued by the Companies Controller indicating the signatories of the company.
When the applicant is not the representative of the company, an authorization from the company allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A passport or identification card of the applicant, which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians.

4. Sole Proprietorship

Certified copy of the registration certificate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
When the applicant is not the representative of the enterprise, an authorization from the enterprise allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A passport or identification card of the applicant which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians

5. Professional Enterprise

Certified copy of the registration certificate from the competent authority or any other document acceptable by ASEZA, which proves that the enterprise is operational.
When the applicant is not the representative of the enterprise, an authorization from the enterprise allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A passport or identification card of the applicant which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians.

6.Non-Profit Operating Organization

Certified copy of the registration certificate from the competent authority, and a certified copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
A detailed statement of the activities to be conducted by the organization in the Zone signed by its representative.
When the applicant is not the representative of the organization, an authorization from the Organization allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A passport or identification card of the applicant which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians.

7. Non-Jordanian Company Registering to conduct business only in the ASEZ.

Certified copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association from the competent authority, which must not precede the date of submission of the application by more than six months.
If the activity to be conducted is classified as “Restricted” by ASEZA, , a statement indicating the fulfillment of the conditions and requirements of the “Restricted” activity.
When the applicant is not the representative of the company, a power of attorney certificate from the company allowing the applicant to sign the application form and carry out all necessary procedures.
A valid passport for non-Jordanians or identification card of the applicant, which includes the national number for Jordanians and any other document approved by the Kingdom for non-Jordanians.
لغايات التسجيل هل يجب أن تكون الشركة قائمة وذات جنسية أردنية أم هل بالإمكان التسجيل لأول مرة ضمن السلطة بالرغم من أن الجنسية أجنبية؟
لا يجب أن تكون الشركة قائمة وذات جنسية أردنية بل ممكن التسجيل لأول مرة ضمن السلطة بالرغم من أن الجنسية أجنبية، بشرط أن تمارس هذه المؤسسة نشاطها داخل السلطة وخارج المملكة.أما لو أرادت المؤسسة أن تزاول نشاطها داخل المنطقة الجمركية من الأردن فيجب أن تكون مسجلة لدى وزارة الصناعة و التجارة و مراقب الشركات. و بما أنه لا توجد قيود على نسبة الاستثمار غير الأردني في العقبة فان أبواب التسجيل مفتوحة لجميع الجنسيات العربية والأجنبية.

For Registering/Licensing with the ASEZA does the Enterprise have to be an existing Jordanian Company or can one register without having an existent in Jordan prior to registration?
For registering/licensing with ASEZA the enterprise does not have to be an existing Jordanian company but it is conditioned to conduct its economic activities in the zone and outside the custom territory of Jordan, however if the enterprise wanted to conduct its activities within the Custom Territory of Jordan it has to be registered with the Companies Controller at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Since there are no foreign equity restrictions on investment, therefore ASEZA welcomes all Arab and Foreign enterprises to register.
بعد تسجيل الشركة لدى وزارة الصناعة والتجارة ودفع الرسوم لها هل تدفع رسوم أخرى للسلطة؟
بعد ذلك تستوفي السلطة رسوم التسجيل ضمن المنطقة الخاصة التالية :-
ألف دينار رسم تسجيل المؤسسة0
خمسمائة دينار رسم ترخيص سنوي عن كل نشاط تمارسه المؤسسة أو تجديد هذا الترخيص0
وكذلك تستوفي السلطة بدل رخصة المهن.

Are there any other fees to be paid for the Authority after paying for registration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade?
Yes, the Authority shall claim the fee for processing and issuing a Registered Enterprise
certificate to an approved legal entity which is:
Thousand Dinars as Enterprise registration fee (paid only once).
Five hundred Dinars as annual licensing fee for every activity conducted by the Enterprise or for renewal of such license.
The Authority shall also collect fees for issuing the Certificate of Professional Association.
هل رسوم التسجيل مطلوبة من شركة معفاة أجنبية ؟
رسوم التسجيل مستوفاة من جميع من أراد التسجيل في سلطة العقبة للاستفادة من المزايا والحوافز التي تقدمها.

Does a Regional Office, which is exempted from paying taxes in Jordan need to pay registering and licensing fees to ASEZA?
Any Enterprise, seeking to benefit from the privileges and exemptions offered by ASEZA, shall be registered and licensed to conduct an Economic Activity in the Zone.
Therefore the Authority shall collect from all registered enterprises the annual registration and licensing fees.
هل يجب وجود مقر فعلي للشركة في العقبة قبل التسجيل ضمن السلطة؟
لا يجب وجود مقر فعلي للشركة قبل التسجيل في السلطة، ولكن بعد أن يتم التسجيل يطلب من المؤسسة إعطاء عنوان مقرها في السلطة.

Does a Company need to have an actual existence before registering with ASEZA?
No, a company does need to have an actual existing address before registering with ASEZA, however the enterprise will be asked to provide the authority with an existing address after registering.
من هي الجهة التي تقوم بالتوقيع على التفويض بالتسجيل في سلطة العقبة؟
المفوضين بالتوقيع عن الشركة هم الذين يقومون بالتوقيع على التفويض الذي يخول مقدم الطلب بالتوقيع على طلب التسجيل واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لذلك.

For registering with ASEZA, the applicant must have an authorization to do so, who shall sign/authorize this document?
When the applicant is not a legal representative of the company, an authorization from the company allowing the applicant to sign the ِِApplication Form and carry out all necessary procedures is required; this authorization must be given/signed by the signatories of the company.
عند تجديد الرسوم ضمن السلطة ودفع 500 دينار سنوي هل يشمل ذلك رسوم تجديد رخصة المهن؟
لا، يدفع خمسمائة دينار كرسم ترخيص سنوي عن كل نشاط تمارسه المؤسسة أو كتجديد لهذا الترخيص و ليس بدل رخصة المهن.

When submitting the annual licensing fee of 500JD, does this include the fees of the Certificate of Professional Association?
No, the annual licensing fee of 500 JD is paid for every conducted activity within the zone and does not include the renewing of the Certificate of Professional Association.
هل يستطيع الأفراد التسجيل في السلطة؟
لا، لأن سلطة العقبة تقوم بتسجيل المؤسسات وليس الأفراد. و يقتصر حق التسجيل والترخيص لدى السلطة وفق أحكام هذا النظام على ما يلي:-
الشركات المسجلة لدى مراقب الشركات وفقا لأحكام قانون الشركات وبما يتفق مع التشريعات النافذة في المنطقة الجمركية.
الشركات المعفاة وفروع الشركات الأجنبية غير العاملة المنصوص عليها في قانون الشركات المعمول به .
الشركات غير الأردنية المنصوص عليها في الفقرة (ج) من المادة (22) من القانون.
الشركات المسجلة لدى مراقب الشركات وفقا لأحكام قانون الشركات وأحكام هذا النظام التي تكون غاياتها ممارسة نشاط اقتصادي باعتبارها مؤسسة مسجلة في المنطقة أو في المنطقة وخارج المملكة 0
المؤسسات الفردية المسجلة في السجل التجاري وفق أحكام قانون التجارة وبما يتفق مع التشريعات النافذة في المنطقة الجمركية .
المؤسسات المهنية العاملة في المنطقة الجمركية وفق أحكام التشريعات ذات العلاقة .
الهيئات غير التجارية العاملة في المنطقة الجمركية وذلك وفقا لما يقرره المجلس.

Are individuals entitled to register with ASEZA?
No, only Companies, Sole Proprietorships, Professional Institutions and Non-Commercial Associations have the right of registering and licensing with the Authority.
هل تستطيع الشركات الغير مسجلة مزاولة أعمالها بشكل طبيعي بدون التسجيل في السلطة؟
يعتمد ذلك على نوع النشاط، فعلى سبيل المثال جميع الشركات المصنعة والتي ترغب بتصدير بضائعها، عليها التسجيل ضمن سلطة العقبة ولا يجوز لها أن تصنع أو تصدر إلا إذا كانت مؤسسة مسجلة. أما إذا كان نشاطها يختلف عما سبق ذكره فبإمكان المؤسسة أن تزاول نشاطها لكن دون الاستفادة من مزايا سلطة العقبة.

How can a non-registered enterprise benefit from conducting it’s former activities without having to register with ASEZA?
Any person not registered as a Registered Enterprise may conduct an economic activity in the Zone according to the basis and conditions determined by the Law. In such case, such person shall not be entitled to benefit from the privileges or exemptions accorded to Registered Enterprises in accordance with the provisions of the Law.
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Should we pay in Jordanian Dinar for the Registration and Licensing with ASEZA?
Yes, for the time being Registration and Licensing Fees must be paid by Jordanian Dinars.
This was stated earlier

هل يمكن الحصول على قائمة بالشركات المسجلة؟
لا، هذا غير ممكن لأن السلطة لن توفر هذه المعلومات بشكل علني في الوقت الحاضر.

Can we obtain a list of all Registered Enterprises with ASEZA?
No, up till now the list of registered enterprises is not to be disclosed for public.

هل يمكن للمكاتب الإقليمية التسجيل لان لها استثناءات؟
المكاتب الإقليمية و الشركات المعفاة وفروع الشركات الأجنبية غير العاملة المنصوص عليها في قانون الشركات المعمول به يحق لها التسجيل ضمن السلطة ولكنها لن تعفى من دفع رسوم التسجيل أو الترخيص.

Can a Regional Office register and license with ASEZA?
Offshore companies and regional offices stipulated in the Companies Law in force can register with ASEZA, however they shall not be exempted form paying the registration/licensing fees.

هل يجب أن أصدق أوراقي من إدارة منطقة الزرقاء الحرة للتسجيل في السلطة وليس من وزارة الصناعة والتجارة في عمان؟
إذا كان هناك مراقب شركات متواجد في المناطق الحرة الأخرى الموجودة في الأردن فبإمكانه أن يصدق شهادة تسجيل الشركة من قبله دون الرجوع إلى وزارة الصناعة والتجارة في عمان مع إمكانية فعل ذلك عن طريق الوزارة في عمان أيضا، شريطة أن تكون الشركة ضمن المنطقة الحرة التي يتواجد فيها مراقب الشركات.
Must I certify my papers from the Zarqa Free Zone and not from the Ministry of Industry and Trade in order for me to register with ASEZA?
A Certified copy of the registration certificate with the Companies Controller is a required document for registering with ASEZA; this document is usually obtained from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade usually assigns an employee to represent it in free zones in Jordan, so if there is an employee representing the MIT in Zarqa Free Zone, then certifying this document could be done by him or it can also be done at the MIT too.
It is important to know that only those who operate in a certain free zone can obtain their certification from it and not from other free zones in the Kingdom.

هل تستطيع أي شركة التسجيل في السلطة لمزاولة أي نشاط؟
يقتصر حق التسجيل والترخيص لدى السلطة على الشركات والمؤسسات الفردية والمؤسسات المهنية والهيئات غير التجارية. ولكن لا يجوز تسجيل أي مؤسسة في المنطقة لممارسة أي من الأنشطة المحظورة المذكورة في الملحق (1)، كما لا يجوز تسجيل أي مؤسسة ضمن الأنشطة المقيدة في الملحق 2 (جدول 1) إلا بتوافر الشروط المطلوبة من السلطة. كذلك هناك أنشطة تخضع لقيد يتعلق بتحديد عدد المؤسسات التي تمارسها (ملحق 2 جدول 2). و يوجد بعض الأنشطة التي ينحصر حق ممارستها بالجهات المبينة في ملحق 2 جدول 3 وذلك بموجب عقود امتياز خاصة بها.

الملحق (1) الأنشطة المحظورة

صناعة الأسلحة والذخائر الحربية والمتفجرات وتخزينها والاتجار بها .
صناعة المواد المشعة أو النووية أو المواد الضارة بالبيئة أو تخزينها أو الاتجار بها .
تصنيع المواد الخطرة أو المخدرة أو السامة أو تخزينها أو الاتجار بها باستثناء متطلبات الصناعة المصرح بإقامتها بموجب التشريعات ذات العلاقة النافذة في المنطقة الجمركية .
طباعة أوراق النقد والطوابع وصناعة المسكوكات المعدنية0
إنتاج المواد البيولوجية والجينية النشطة والاتجار بها.
أي أنشطة أخرى يقررها مجلس الوزراء 0

الملحق (2)، جدول (1) الأنشطة المقيدة

الخدمات القانونية
تدقيق الحسابات
خدمات الطب و طب الأسنان
وكالة و تخليص الشحن البحري
الخدمات المالية
التأمين و إعادة التأمين
إصدار الصحف والمطبوعات الدورية
وكلاء السياحة والسفر
مقاولو الإنشاءات
الخدمات الهندسية
النقل الجوي
خدمات التعدين
ملحق (2)، جدول (2)

خدمات التاكسي
الصيد التجاري بأنواعه
استخراج المياه الجوفية
إصدار اليانصيب
خدمات الاتصالات باستثناء ( مقدمي خدمة الإنترنت)
توليد الكهرباء
التعدين والصناعات الاستخراجية الأخرى عدا المحاجر
إصدار الصحف والمطبوعات الدورية
خدمات البرمجة والبث الإذاعي والتلفزيوني

ملحق (2)، جدول (3)

النشــــــــاط الجهة صاحبة الامتياز تاريخ انتهاء الامتياز
استخراج وتصنيع و توزيع البوتاس شركة البوتاس العربية عام 2058
صناعة الأسمنت شركة الأسمنت الأردنية عام 2001
الدباغة شركة الدباغة الوطنية عام 2002
تكرير وتوزيع وتخزين النفط شركة مصفاة البترول الأردنية عام 2008
نقل البضائع والركاب والبريد بين العقبة ونويبع شركة الجسر العربي للملاحة عام 2035

Can any company register with ASEZA to conduct any activity?
The right of registering and licensing with the Authority shall be limited to Companies, Sole Proprietorships, Professional Institutions and Non-Commercial Associations.
However no Enterprise can register with ASEZA if it intends to conduct any of the prohibited or restricted activities.
Annex (1)
Prohibited Activities

Manufacturing, storing and trading in weapons, military ammunition and explosives.
Manufacturing, storing and trading in radioactive, nuclear or environmentally harmful material.
Manufacturing, storing and trading in hazardous, narcotics or toxic material, except manufacturing requirements the performance of which is authorized pursuant to the pertinent legislation in force in the Customs Territory.
Printing money bills and stamps and manufacturing metal coins.
Producing and trading in active biological and genetic material.
Any other activities prescribed by the Council of Ministers.

Annex (2)
Restricted Activities

Table (1)
The activities whose performance is restricted to the Enterprise’s legal structure

1- Legal Services
2- Auditing
3- Medical and Dental Services
4- Marine Shipping Forwarding Agency
5- Financial Services
6- Insurance and Reinsurance
7- Issuance of newspapers and periodicals
8- Tourism and Travel Agencies
9- Construction Contractors
10- Engineering Services
11- Air Transportation
12- Mining Services

Table (2)
Activities which are subject to the restriction on number of providers

1- The Activity
2- Taxi services
3- All types of commercial hunting
4- Extraction of groundwater
5- Lottery issuing
6- Communication services (except internet providers)
7- Electricity generating
8- Mining and other extracting industries, except quarries.
9- Issuing newspapers and periodicals.
10- Programming and radio and television transmission services.

 
*Land & Warehouses
Q1 : Is it possible to purchase or lease lands within the Aqaba Economic Zone?
Yes, according to special rules, ASEZA allows purchase and/or leasing of land for investment purposes, such as touristic, light-industrial, educational, healthcare and commercial projects, including storage purposes. There are specific locations for each purpose.

Q2 : What are the main procedures for purchasing or leasing land?
The process begins as the investor addresses ASEZA with the need to purchase or lease a piece of land. The application is then screened and reviewed by the Land Committee. Where applicable and according to the nature of the project, the Land Committee recommends the approval to the Board of Commissioners. The Lands & Real Estate Directorate investigates the plans and documents before approving and then follows up with the drafting of the contract and ensuring compliance with the contract terms further along.

Q3 : Are individuals and corporate bodies of non-Jordanian citizenship permitted to purchase or lease land within ASEZ?
Yes, upon related-authority approval, and on a reciprocal basis.

Q4 : Does ASEZA offer warehouses to be leased for storage purposes?
The Authority owns several sites of warehouses to be leased to registered enterprises.

Q5 : How long is the leasing contract period?
The leasing contract period is determined by the nature of the investment activity and according to the agreement between ASEZA and investor; with a maximum period of 50 years

Q6 : Does ASEZA own all the lands of investment interest within ASEZ?
Almost, ASEZA is the main provider of lands and real estate for investment purposes.

Q7 : Does ASEZ own lands within the residential areas for residential purposes?
No, however, the private sector market is available for this demand.

Q8 : Are housing projects treated as investment projects?
Although ASEZA designated land for touristic-residential purposes and touristic villages, land for typical individual apartment buildings is supplied by the local real estate market.

Q9 : Does ASEZA maintain office space/apartments to be leased for investors?
Not at the moment; investors are referred to the local market which fulfills their needs at various locations wthin Aqaba.

Q10: Are there special locations within ASEZA assigned for recommended projects?
Yes, ASEZA maintains prime locations for recommended projects in order to fulfill the local need; such as Hospitals, schools and commercial centers according to ASEZ master plan.
*Miscellaneous

 
What kind of information can you provide us with about ASEZA?

Our web site address is www.aqabazone.com which provides general information about ASEZA as well as the laws with which we operate. We can also provide the brochure. However if there are more inquirers regarding investing in ASEZA our Customer Support Team can provide assistance to investors.

Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority
P.O. Box 2565
Aqaba 77110, Jordan
Tel: 962-3-203-5757/8
Fax: 962-3-209-0912
E-Mail: info@aseza.jo
www.aqabazone.com 

2.  What are ASEZA’s working hours?
The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) is open on Sundays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 
However, there is a customer support hotline available on Saturdays through Thursdays at 962-3-203- 5757/8. This service operates from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
3.  How can I operate as a distributor in Aqaba and what are the requirements to assign a distributor to distribute goods outside the Authority?

A distributor must be a registered/licensed enterprise with the Authority. This distributor shall import custom and tax free goods from the customs territory or from outside Jordan and shall sell these goods to consumers or to merchants and shops in Aqaba.
4.  Is there a difference in the implementation of the Trademark Law between Aqaba and the rest of the Kingdom?

If the contract or agreement between the Mother Company and the Agent in Jordan included the “free zones” therefore, the trademark would be protected by ASEZA otherwise the Trademark is considered non-valid and therefore unprotected in the Zone.
5.  How can we obtain the Laws and Regulations of ASEZA?

Arabic and English Laws can be found on the Web site www.aqabazone.com, under Laws and Regulations. They are also published on the Official Gazette.
As for the regulations they are published on the Official Gazette.

6.  Can we obtain a list of all Registered Enterprises with ASEZA?

No, up till now the list of registered enterprises is not to be disclosed for public.
7. Are there any special Forms for bills and invoices that must be submitted to ASEZA?

Yes there are standard forms to be used by registered enterprises, however if the enterprises choose not to use these forms they must use forms that contain all the required fields of the standard forms.
8.  Can the Authority recommend a list of Companies that offer services in the fields of (accounting, law, architecture …etc.) for the purpose of assisting in the establishment of an entity in Aqaba?

The Authority cannot provide inquirers/investors with preferred names of Enterprises. This is because ASEZA cannot show any preferential treatments by giving out certain references in favor of others. It is advised that the investors approach the Boards of the related Professional Associations for advice.
9.  Does the enterprise have to get the approval of Measurement and Specification Department when admitting goods to ASEZA?

Yes, when admitting goods to ASEZA the Enterprise must have the approval of Measurement and Specification Department since no rendered new resolution abolished any old resolutions.

The procedures are as follows:
– head for ASEZA’s Custom Department and not the National Customs Department.
– head for the Cargo and Release Center and ask for the employee representing the Measurement and Specification Department who in his turn will sign and handle the (AA9) procedures to Aqaba.