Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Business

Iraq removes Nineveh-Duhok customs point, orders removal in Kirkuk

By Rudaw 4/12/2018
The customs office was closed at Fayida checkpoint on December 4, 2018. It links the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province to Nineveh province. Photo: Rudaw TV
The customs office was closed at Fayida checkpoint on December 4, 2018. It links the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province to Nineveh province. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Iraqi government removed the Fayida customs point between Nineveh and Duhok province on Tuesday following a parliamentary decision that considered the customs points illegal.

“Today, Tuesday, the Iraqi government implemented the decision to remove the customs point between Mosul and Duhok,” said Barakat Shamo, the head of the Brotherhood and Co-Existence bloc in the Nineveh Provincial Council.

A decision was made by the Iraqi parliament which voted that the customs points were illegal, thus ordering their removal.

The customs had created a “huge problem” for the residents of Mosul and Duhok, claimed Shamo.

The “Fayida Square” where fees had been collected will become a square where trade and exchange between the two provinces can now openly place, added Shamo.

 

Later in the day, trailers and trucks could be seen waiting in a kilometers-long line near the newly removed Nineveh-Duhok customs point because they are not yet allowed to pass. 

The Ministry of Finance has authority over collecting and implementing customs points. The post was vacant in the previous government.

The customs checkpoint, alongside two others established between Sulaimani and Kirkuk and Kirkuk and Erbil by former Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi, who also assumed the duties of the vacant finance ministry were a heavy burden on traders. Many considered the decision illegal arguing customs points within one country should not exist.

Fuad Hussein of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is the new finance minister in Baghdad. 

The other two customs points around Kirkuk are also awaiting removal.

The employees at the customs point between Erbil and Kirkuk also were notified to remove it on Tuesday.

However, it is continuing to tax people. The Federal Police, which are under the command of the interior minister, say without an official governmental letter they won't remove the customs point in Kirkuk.


2761 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

gaz | 4/19/2019 7:52:03 AM
Pity they couldn't have done it for real when ISIS invaded instead of running away and leaving all their equipment behind for DAESH to use.
Iraqi war games: Army trains in desert, defeats ‘militants’
| yesterday at 12:10 | (1)
regional independence | 4/18/2019 10:59:16 PM
@Kurd There are more important issues than uniting "against kurds".
Mohamedzzz | 4/19/2019 6:49:13 AM
Beheading of Kurdish asspirations in process, nothing good to Kurds can come out from these people.
Iran FM wraps up ‘successful’ trip to Syria, Turkey
| yesterday at 09:57 | (5)
Mohamedzzz | 4/19/2019 6:45:24 AM
Erdogan's days are numbered, the Caliph will disappear in NO time with his dreams of grandeur to build the new Ottoman Empire.
Istanbul’s new mayor vows to ‘eradicate partisanship’
| 23 hours ago | (1)
Renas | 4/14/2019 5:46:40 PM
It’s your responsibility to prevent this kind of crimes against your people ”PM” Barzani, it’s your duty as leader, instead of being some kind of...
Jagerxin derashy | 4/19/2019 3:12:13 AM
Hmmmm I’m 39 years and living in UK for 20 years now,I’m still having nightmares of dohuk castel (قلعة دهوك) every time someone mentions anfal that...
Baghdad must compensate victims of Saddam’s Anfal campaign: PM Barzani
| 13/4/2019 | (3)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Kurds chant yes to co-existence, no to division in Kirkuk 2 hours ago |

Kurds chant yes to co-existence, no to division in Kirkuk

Iraq parliament speaker calls for return of IDPs more
On your marks! Tunceli prepares to host world rafting championship 9 hours ago |

On your marks! Tunceli prepares to host world rafting championship

World Rafting Federation’s Senior World more
Istanbul’s new mayor vows to ‘eradicate partisanship’ 23 hours ago | (1)

Istanbul’s new mayor vows to ‘eradicate partisanship’

I want to be the most democratic, innovative more
0.906 seconds