Postpone the implementation of the unified customs duties in Iraq

The Iraqi government has delayed implementation of the decision of the customs duties in its border crossings for an indefinite period, after protests by traders and truck drivers in the city of Basra, a rejection of the decision.
The tariff revenues currently less than 2% of the proceeds of Iraq , and the government is seeking to enhance customs revenue through the implementation of the resolution and to meet the requirements to join the World Trade Organization.
The Bashammakh crossing on the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan with Iran is the only one of the 14 transit ground in the country that applies the single tariff decision on materials and goods is a luxury, and range fee rates between 5% and 80%, which resent him traders and truckers alike.
He says one of the drivers "in the end We'll run away from this crossing to other crossings, Vahahnh which reaches a height of 12 meters are dealt with customs in the south crossings such as six meters trucks, but here in Bashammakh crossing there are no facilities, and we are forced, unfortunately, to pay the full amount of the fees."

Less movement
The smaller the number of trucks that cross Bashammakh by 40% because of the preference of traders and truck drivers use other crossings to transport their goods. He says the border crossing manager Mahmoud Azure "In the past we apply the customs tariff for the Kurdistan Regional Government by 5%, and are now applying the Iraqi tariff without others of the crossings by a fee of 20%, so trade down on this crossing."
The Baghdad government has wanted to join the World Trade Organization over the last stage of the decision to unify the tariffs earlier this month the application, and in three stages and to varying degrees, completed two of which did not accomplish the latter, as part of its efforts to strengthen the financial situation of almost collapsed in the country, and the aim of the local product protection .
It is believed economists that the application of the tariff decision will increase budget revenues from those fees from 1% to 10%, if applied fairly and lawfully, where he is currently based the budget on oil by 95%, while taxes on mobile phones and the Internet accounted for 3% of revenue .
The first protests -aly application of the final phase of Aljmarkih- fees had been launched from the southern city of Basra, which prompted the government to freeze the decision for fear of widening the ongoing protests in the country two weeks against corruption and the corrupt ago.