Increased tariffs deprive the Basra Governorate Council of financial revenues

2016-02-07 20:43:03 | (Voice of Iraq) - Basra

Members of the provincial council in Basra, reported Sunday that the injury to the land and sea border crossings paralyzed as a result of the application of the tariff law led to the failure of the Council to temporarily get 1% of imported merchandise values, stressing that those fees are spent on the implementation of vital projects and providing aid necessary for departments and service institutions.

The Chairman of the Committee of border crossings in the Council Murtaza cream lipodeca in an interview with Alsumaria's News, "The provincial council gets fees for goods that are imported through in the province of border crossings, but that the application of the tariff law resulted in a drop ports revenues to low levels too, including fees earned by the Council. "

Lipodeca He added that "some traders went to introduce their goods across the Kurdistan region of outlets for failing to apply the tariff law, others left their goods stacked in conservative outlets, as they fail to remove them for refusing to new tariffs."

Lipodeca stressed that "the fees earned by the provincial council directly from the almost non-existent now the border crossing points," adding that "The Council needs to those fees for the implementation of vital projects and support institutions and service departments in Basra."

For his part, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the follow-up assignments in the Council, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sulaiti said in an interview with Alsumaria News's, "The fees charged by the Provincial Council on imported goods amounting to 1% of the total value of each commodity, and those fees temporarily suspended due to stop importers directed by their goods from the border crossing points, "pointing out that" the importers are waiting for a decision from the federal government on the tariff law, and if the federal government did not decline the Council may have to make a decision in this regard. "

Sulaiti pointed out that the "stop obtaining those fees for a longer period will negatively affect the work of the provincial council," explaining that "The Council needs to revenues of this kind to spend on the support of the government departments in the province, as it suffers from significant problems due to financial distress. For example, the Department of Health is no longer able to provide meals for inpatients in public hospitals. "

The Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the follow-up to the customizations that "the provincial council is working on a new mechanism for obtaining the amount of 1% of the goods imported values ​​of fees, which range between 15 to 20 billion annually situation."

The Ministry of Finance has decided to early November last start applying the tariff law and increase the sales tax on imported goods by all border crossing points, and led in time to the injury of the border ports in Basra complete paralysis pay the provincial council to make a decision to slow down in the application of the law, then Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a similar decision, but that the general budget law for the current year 2016 included a clause that the application of the tariff law and increase the sales tax at all border crossing points, including that fall within the Kurdistan region, but it did not abide by it when the application a few days ago, a what threatens the emergence of a new dispute between the local government in Basra, which refuses to enforce the law unless they are also being implemented in the region ports, between the federal government, which insists on its application driven by additional revenues alleviate financial distress.

The province of Basra five active commercial ports frequented by dozens of foreign ships per month, is the stronghold of the Abu Flus and Khor Al-Zubair ports and mother of the Northern and Southern Palace, and Safwan, the only port land is located between Iraq and Kuwait in the province, as well as Basra includes an outlet border ground with Iran is located at the eastern end to spend the Shatt al-Arab, and those border crossings supply the state treasury revenues of millions of dollars a week, and the commercial exchanges which provides thousands of jobs, so the local government is trying since last year to the opening of a border port Barre another with Iran falls within the administrative boundaries in terms of the gap, It has received preliminary approval from the Ministry of Interior.