To prevent the crossing of Islamic militants in the Islamic State, Jordan had to close their Iraq and Syrian borders. With business paralysed, the country is in peril of having an Islamic spillover.
The continuing violence in Iraq against the Islamic State and the increasing violence between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition forced the closure of the Syrian-Jordan trade crossing.
The last route to Iraq and Syria, which takes a dangerous route towards Trebil, had many Jordanian businessmen losing their money. Trebil has become an enormously dangerous area.
Jordan’s total exports decreased nearly 17 percent in just two months into 2015. Jordan’s farmers and manufacturers are hard-hit by the border closure as Iraq and Syria are Jordan’s major markets.
Jordan, now suffering from handling Syrian refugees, is planning to enlist in the Jordanian army.
The IS allows the passing of cargo trucks with a price of $2,000, which are hurting Jordanian truckers.
Along with Jordan, Lebanon’s economy is suffering as it is losing its export market as it closed its own borders against Syria and Iraq. Jordan’s crossing will not open unless Islamic fighters amongst Syria’s rebels, the al-Nusra front, are still active.
Jordan and Lebanon both plan to introduce their market to East Africa or Russia. They both intend to build an infrastructure of relations with the two countries.