For the first time since 2007, non-agricultural goods are cleared for export from the Gaza Strip, though not for sale in the West Bank
Six Gaza factories were invited to participate in a furniture expo held in Jordan from January 24 – 26. In order to showcase their merchandise, the factories received clearance to ship a truck loaded with furniture out of Gaza. On Sunday, January 22nd, for the first time since 2007, non-agricultural goods left the Gaza Strip. The truck travelled through Israel and the West Bank and entered Jordan via the Allenby Bridge border crossing.
Gisha welcomes the security establishment’s decision to allow Gaza furniture makers to develop new markets for their products in Jordan. The shipment of the furniture to Jordan proves that the marketing of these and other kinds of products can also take place in both the West Bank and Israel itself – Gaza’s traditional markets.