Iraq

IRAQ – CUSTOMS INFORMATION

Imports
General Import Guidelines
Import Duties and Fees
Duties Exemption
Imports Required Documents
General Imports
Re-Export
Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return
Exports
Transiting Goods
Prohibited / Restricted Goods
Aramex Clearance Service
References

Imports

General Import Guidelines
The importer must have a valid importer number
The imported goods must conform to activities licensed to the importing company
Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, an Original Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, and a Packing List
HS Codes must be stated clearly on Commercial Invoice. If the HS Codes are not stated, Customs will determine proper HS Codes based on the goods based on the stated description

Import Duties and Fees
The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Iraq
Customs duties at 5 % is levied on CIF value
Tax at 67% is levied on customs duties
International express or courier imports with declared value below IQD 114,300 (equivalent to USD 100) are duty free
Goods with declared value of more than a IQD 114,300 (equivalent to USD 100) will be treated as normal cargo goods, and will require a formal customs clearance

Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duty. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
Diplomatic goods
Goods for non-dutiable authorities and organizations
Samples
Goods sent for Iraq governments for reconstruction purposes examples:
Food
Medicines and medical equipment
Clothing
Books

Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Iraq. The below documents are required:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce (from the Iraqi consulate signed and stamped for Baghdad only)
Packing List (detailed)

Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Iraq for purpose of re-exporting, the below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce (from the Iraqi consulate signed and stamped for Baghdad only)
Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Iraq on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties has to be made for the benefit Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce (from the Iraqi consulate signed and stamped)
Packing List (detailed)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More

Exports

When exporting shipments from Iraq some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of shipments to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay shipments when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their shipments:
Original Commercial Invoice
Fee
IQD 171,450 (equivalent to USD 150) per shipment presented to customs authorities
For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, radioactive material, and electronics products
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this )

Important Notes
All exported goods will be inspected by Customs Authorities
Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Iraq

Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Iraq (Erbil) can only remain for 30 days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the following documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce (from the Iraqi consulate signed and stamped)
Packing List (detailed)

Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Iraq

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:
Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
Fireworks*
Ivory and ivory products*
Furs*
Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
Bullion*
Chemical waste and nuclear waste
Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
Ammunitions*
Human remains, including ashes*
Animals, plants, food items and perishable*
Laser eyeglasses
Medical equipment
Walkie Talkie
Military equipment
ID printers

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Iraq. Some examples are shown below:

Food products require approval from Ministry of Health
Pharmaceutical products, and cosmetics require approval from Ministry of Health for goods imported to Baghdad / Quality Control for goods imported to Erbil
Live animals and plants require approval from General Customs Directorate for goods imported to Baghdad / Quality Control or goods imported to Erbil
Electronics and communications products require approval from Ministry of Communications
Oil related equipment require approval from Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Finance

Aramex Clearance Service

Aramex offers clearance service covering the following Customs Ports:

Al karama border
Al Najaf International Airport
Al-Waleed border
Baghdad International Airport
Basra International Airport
Erbil International Airport
Safwan border
Sulaimaniyah International Airport
Umm Qasr border
Zakho border
Zorbateia border

Aramex offers a wide range of customs clearance services (starting with Delivery Order collection up to delivery of goods). In addition, Aramex offers storage in Aramex warehouses when needed.

In key locations, Aramex employees are certified and supported by a customer service team to keep customers updated, and address all inquiries. Please contact our Aramex Customer Service team for an offer

References

Customs Terminologies

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