Revenue figures reveals disparity havoc in the Iraqi customs

Amazed expert in the field of management of the Iraqi border ports Arslan Salim Abbasi, the big difference between the revenues declared by the Directorate General of Customs and those announced by the Government within the draft general budget.

He said in a press statement that «the General Administration of Customs announced officially that the proceeds of duties on goods last year exceeded $ 400 million has doubled in the event of the application of tariff law frozen three years ago.

He added that «official data enclosed within a bill the federal budget for this year, and planned to be approved by the House of Representatives soon, showed that imports customs last year reached 965 billion dinars (829 million dollars), while the estimates this year about 1.62 trillion dinars, while the taxes on imported goods according to their value , or what knows Balmkus, 330 billion. He noted that in a statement to

Al-Hayat newspaper that «customs revenues grew 10 percent and contribute 0.89 percent of total revenue, pointing out that« the difference between the figures pointing to an imbalance in the management of border crossings.

Iraq has ports President border with Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Kuwait, and four sea ports and five airports. He described Arslan border crossings ‘young’ compared with their counterparts in those countries despite the fact that some were used thousands of years ago in what is known as ‘Silk Road’.

And efforts Kurdistan Regional Government for the development of ports with Turkey coincided with the decline in the performance port Rabia in Nineveh province, confirmed Arslan that «port Rabia, and recognition of Turkey, is closest comparable ports region, and its importance that port bulk of Iraq to reach Europe, and therefore the government is obliged developed and not to underestimate its importance.

The Director General of the Iraqi customs Qaisi morning announced the government’s efforts to activate the port a strategic border with Turkey in the province of Nineveh and the introduction of a free trade zone near the port to reduce dependence on the list of ports in the Kurdistan region.

Abizaid and «Some studies is moving towards the establishment of free zones in most of the provinces that have commercial outlets with six neighbors, namely Kuwait, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, each exists but is enabled and each needs to expand, along with the development of new areas according to the volume of trade exchange ».

The head of the economic center of the Iraqi Dergham Mohammed that «border crossing points are not yet qualified to apply laws such as tariffs, and the superimposed raise the level of financial and administrative corruption to pass goods proportions customs less, in addition to the presence of outlets are not subject in the form of a full customs authority of Iraq, what requires open a port for the flow of goods, which will drop in intensity on the official ports.