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Border petrol fees deemed legal

The Ministry of Transport has said it is complying with the decision of Saudi Arabia Customs to collect price differential fees on petrol.
Recent talks between the ministry and Jordanian Minister of Transport Alaa’ Al-Bataineh confirmed the fees are legal and do not violate any agreement. The move aims to prevent the smuggling of petroleum across the border.
The Jordanian minister brought forward the concerns of his fellow citizens who believe the decision is unfair and affects their interests. Jordanian drivers staged a two-day strike objecting to the decision, in front of the Al Omari border. The protesters claim the fees violate the international road transportation agreement between the two countries.
Representatives from the Saudi and Jordanian ministries met to discuss claims by Jordanian drivers, who said they were denied access to Saudi Arabia by customs officials on this side.

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