/QATAR BANS IMPORTS FROM SAUDI ARABIA, BAHRAIN, EGYPT, UAE

QATAR BANS IMPORTS FROM SAUDI ARABIA, BAHRAIN, EGYPT, UAE

DOHA, Qatar has banned products originating from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates (UAE), about one year after the four countries imposed an embargo on Doha, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Products originating from the blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the Gulf Cooperation Council Customs Territory, have to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures," a government statement said on Saturday.

"In order to protect the safety of consumers in Qatar and to combat improper trafficking of goods, the government has issued a directive to find new suppliers of the variety of goods impacted.

"Qatar conducts its trade policy in accordance with all of its multilateral and bilateral agreements," the statement said.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE severed diplomatic ties as well as all air, sea and land links with Qatar, accusing the gas-rich gulf state of supporting terrorism and aligning with Iran against Arab interests.

Doha has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling such isolation "diplomatically unjustified."

Imports into Qatar plunged 40 percent from 2016 in the initial weeks of the embargo, but they have since returned to normal since Doha found new sources of products in countries such as Turkey, and developed new shipping routes such as Oman, according to a report.

Source: Nam News Network