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Car imports rise in Jordan

The Jordan Customs Department has said that car imports in the first six months of this year in the kingdom rose 15% compared to the same period in 2009, but the customs revenues dropped by 10%, Jordan Times has reported. A total of 39,277 cars with a total value of JD331.4m entered the local market between January and June this year, compared to 33,872 with a total value of JD252.5m during the same period last year. The drop in revenues was attributed to the unprecedented increase in demand for hybrid cars in 2010, with a total of 6,287 green vehicles worth JD123.7m imported into the local market in the first half. In the January-June period of last year, only 515 hybrids worth JD10m were imported.