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Urgent Customs starts to standardize tariffs and procedures with the Kurdistan region as of February 17

The General Authority of Customs issued a special statement on the implementation of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (13) for the year 2019 on the unification of procedures and customs fees at the level of all border crossings.

“The General Authority of the Federal Customs and the Kurdistan region of Kurdistan will begin to implement the resolution as of Sunday, 17 February 2019, which is considered an important step to regulate trade and import and export activities,” a statement by the agency said.

The resolution included the following:

1- Unification customs tariff fees at all border crossings, including the ports of the Kurdistan region (Pervez Khan, Bashmakh, Ibrahim Khalil, Haj Omran, Erbil airport, Sulaymaniyah airport).

2- Adopting a unified customs declaration in the Arabic and Kurdish languages according to the Customs Law.

3 – The obligation of all border ports in the provinces and the region to implement the decisions issued by the Council of Ministers of the federal protection of the national product and agrarian calendar.

4 – The commitment of all border ports in the provinces and the region to apply the part of them in the international agreements signed between the Republic of Iraq and other countries, especially regarding the exemption customs.

  1. Cancellation of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 186 of 2018 on the clearance of containers on the volume of containers and return to approved contexts in accordance with the law.

6 – Canceling the current customs points in each of {Fayda} {Shirao – north of Kirkuk} and {Lilan – east of Kirkuk}.

“The decision came to support the private sector through the realization of the principle of fairness in the imposition of fees and to encourage competition between companies on the basis of quality and services in the light of equal costs among all with the offer that the decision included a significant reduction on imports and the proportion of customs duties of imported goods and goods and the adoption of Unified Importance“. Source