Parliament members behind postponement of Tariff Law

BAGHDAD / However: It seems that confusion about the expectations of the Iraqi market due to the application of tariff law has evaporated, after the announcement of the Iraqi government and in the words of its spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh postpone the application of the law until further notice …

That announcement did not make a difference with regard to the parliamentary finance committee denied that there be a postponement or cancellation of the law being on the law be amended only by a member.

According to a member of the Finance Committee parliamentary Haitham al-Jubouri said in an interview to the correspondent of news agency the future that “the rumors now that the Council of Ministers has postponed or agreed to postpone the application of tariff law is not a thing in relation to the Finance Committee representative being not the right of the Council of Ministers to approve or not the law, because the House of Representatives is concerned, one of the only decide to cancel or amend the law and the Council of Ministers can propose only postponed or canceled. “

He Jubouri that “there are calls made to the Finance Committee to postpone the application of tariff law the fact that the infrastructure is not ready technically for the application of the law, noting that the Committee took those calls and requests into account through the insistence of the Committee to study these requests and in the event proved that there is something wrong technically or professionally The Committee will consider seriously the delay. “

Economists, for their part they differed in their reception to announce the postponement Some of them were welcome because of the lack of readiness of the infrastructure for the application of the law, particularly with regard to outlets border the main source of entry of goods and how to detect them, and some of them start a concern to develop the Iraqi economy in the event of postponement.

Says economic expert Hassan al-Asadi’s (and with) that “the issue of postponing the implementation of tariff law was the positive outcome of the fact that there is chaos, the subject in general, especially with regard to the import being that there is a lot of complaints come from a number of traders and importers on the problems that Taatarém through their work at border crossing points and at the admission of goods, there is no clear understanding of the serious work in the entry of goods, quantity, quality and ways to conduct the country. “

But other experts Rao to delay the law will keep the door open in front of they call them “parasitic forces” to exploit the Iraqi market, as well as leave the Iraqi economy as it is without progress and without raising the level of the local product.

He says economic expert on behalf of Jamil Antoine in an interview (with) that “the forces of production of industrial and commercial farmers have suffered upon hearing news of postponement of the law in particular and that in order for more than three times since the end of 2010 legislation.”

He Antoine as “Why after a delay tariff law Is there a comprehensive plan for local production? Is there compensation for the need of the citizen?” Adding that “those concerned do not want to apply tariffs that deprived the citizen of access to goods foreign,” explaining that “the tariff is not a sword of Damocles on the citizen but the reverse, but there are some forces are trying to use this law to raise prices a strong parasitic, “he said, adding that he could to the concerned authorities to freeze some of the paragraphs of the law, such as preventing the goods that are produced locally and thus possible application of the law format convince all parties and maintain the Iraqi market from collapsing.

And between acceptance and rejection of the application of law, the there are points of the preparations are clear to receive the application of the law as is the case with the Ministry of Commerce, which put its part, the strategy was able to which the importer that exhibits the simplest and fastest way in the transaction import in order to reduce the prices of imported goods.

The director of the General Company for Iraqi Fairs Sadiq Hussain Sultan in an exclusive interview with (Agency the future) that “The ministry agreed with the sector-all to reduce the episodes as little as possible so as not to pose additional burdens and fees for additional or extra charge added to the imported article and therefore may reflect on consumer “, indicating that the holiday granted by the ministry of the importers was a symbolic price does not exceed 200 thousand dinars as they were varied in order to be merchants dealing in the import Mjerin.

The Committee on the economy and investment representative called on May 24 last the government to postpone the work customs tariff and to find alternatives for the protection of national industry and local communities, expressing the fear that causes the application to the resort importers to enter their goods for local markets through border ports in the Kurdistan region, which will lead to the loss of the provinces Other beneficiaries of the amounts obtained by the entry of goods across its outlets.

The decision of the Committee on Economy and Investment parliamentary Mahma Khalil said a number of media in 23 of last March that “the application of Iraq to a system Tariffs will enter into the World Trade Organization indicating that the government is obliged to take action to protect the economy and prevent the rise in prices.”

As Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi told a news conference held in 18 of the same month, the identification of the first of June, the date for the work of system tariffs in Iraq after being postponed twice, saying you can not postpone the work to play it again but this has not materialized so far.

The Iraqi Finance Ministry in August 2011 announced the postponement of the labor law of the tariff until 2012 because of the absence of the current mechanisms of action and high commodity prices in the Iraqi market.

Announced the General Administration of Customs in (January 2010) on the application of the new tariff law No. 22 for 2010 by up to 20 percent.

Iraq was imposing customs duties on goods according to law 77 for 1955, before he stops it with the entry of U.S. forces in 2003 to issue a civil administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer fees valued at five per cent on goods entering Iraq, known then charges the reconstruction of Iraq.

And gives the Tariff Act of the Council of Ministers upon the request of the Minister of Finance the right to amend the customs duty provided for in the schedules of tariff duties and prices of agricultural products attached to this law in urgent circumstances to the need for economic and monetary actions require protection or treatment.

The former House of Representatives approved the tariff law in 2010 and was the most prominent justification for the pricing released in line with the reform of the Iraqi economy and the many amendments made to the law. The law provides for the imposition of customs duties on imported goods not included in the table of tariffs tariffs by no more than (20%) of its value, confirming that the samples and models that are not of commercial value exempted from customs duties, and took into account the law in applying the provisions of the facilities afforded by Investment Law No. 13 of 2006, as amended, on goods imported for investment projects exclusively, and comes with a view to attract the greatest possible investment companies and businessmen to work in Iraq. And associated Iraq with neighboring countries through 13 outlets border, in addition to five outlets air and five other freely, most notably the outlet newborn and Rabia with Syria, and port Trebil with Jordan, and port Arar with Saudi Arabia, and an outlet Shalamjah and Mundhiriyah with Iran, and the port of Abraham, which links Iraq to Turkey .