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Jordan takes steps to stamp out corruption at bulk terminals

Cairo: The Standard Club has warned that here have been “substantial” bulk cargo shortage claims in Jordan during the last year.

As a result, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to set up a special committee to which the P&I appointed surveyor would be able to contribute. The role of this committee would be to supervise the discharge of bulk cargoes in Jordan. It is expected to commence its operations this month.

In particular, this committee will supervise the quantities of cargo discharged from the silos onto the trucks which transfer the cargo to the warehouses and its final destination. An inventory would be subsequently issued recording the committee’s findings and addressing the root cause of any shortage claims.

The ministry has requested the silo companies to store the cargo discharged from each vessel in a separate area in an effort to investigate and determine the reasons for the increased bulk shortage claims. Furthermore, it is expected that there will be an inspection of the weighbridges.

“This is a positive step and a recognition by the Jordanian authorities of the necessity of determining the causes of the increased bulk shortage claims in Jordan, which, it is hoped, will lead to a reduction of similar incidents in the future,” Standard said in a note to its members.

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