Nasraoui reveals initial approvals to open the free zones in Basra ports

February 25, 2016 9:33
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Revealed the governor of Basra Majed Nasraoui, on Wednesday, for the existence of what he called "selective" in the application of the tariff of new customs, and as he emphasized that it caused receding imports conservative outlets especially Shalamcheh port (east of the city), he referred to obtaining central approvals to open free zones in Basra ports.
He said Nasraoui told a news conference at the Office of the province, the day after his meeting with a delegation from the Chamber of the Iranian city of fries trade, officials Shalamcheh port and managers involved, in addition to representatives from the two Dhi Qar and Basra Commerce and chairman of the investment, there is prejudice and selective in the application of the tax, including the imposition of tax rate of 115% on the cement material received from Iran, while imposing 38% on the cement material received from other countries, as well as in terms of preventing the importation of Iranian apples from Shalamcheh, while being imported from other outlets (without specifying), calling on the concerned ministries to answer that disparity in percentages.
He said Nasraoui to damage the unit is located on the port of Basra and Shalamcheh because of that application and inequality, stressing the importance of dealing with justice between ports.
In economic another matter, Nasraoui revealed that Basra is serious about creating free zones, because of their economic benefit, which was hosting the director of the free zones in Iraq, it was agreed to open free zones in Shalamcheh and Safwan, FAO and Khor Al-Zubair ports, along with efforts to open the free zones in the district of Shatt al-Arab and other regions.
He also criticized the multiplicity of authorities in ports, which said it controls its destiny, as well as "the corruption that marred which require the central government to address and then local," he said, revealing correspondences with the federal government to grant special authority for ports and ports, adding that "it has not been decided Until now".
Since the development of Shalamcheh port, Nasraoui, revealed an agreement with the Minister of Interior to build the first implementers in Shalamcheh, and the other in Safwan, after resolving belongings to withdraw the work of the companies implementing the projects of those ports, stressing that "in the near future will be to complete construction of the perpetrators." , noting at the same time to provide facilities by the local government and within its means to facilitate entry and exit of cargo trucks.
For his part, he explained to the Commission of border crossings in the Basra council director, Murtaza lipodeca, that the meeting with the Iranian side discussed ways to increase trade, through the Shalamcheh port, as well as search open the free zone mechanism and access to the location, referring to the proposals reached that would push the project forward through an ad hoc committee is aggregated regulatory approvals for the opening of the region that have a significant financial returns in light of fiscal austerity.
In regard to the import, lipodeca referred to prevent the import of apples, dates of Shalamcheh port, while the scans to be imported from the north outlets, stressing that the local government is required to report on it to the central government.
Meanwhile, a director of the Chamber of Commerce in the Iranian city of Khorramshahr, Ahmed Hashim al-Husseini, said the meeting was fruitful for both parties, particularly with regard to increasing trade exchange, as well as discuss transfer of Basra to a city comparable to the UAE in the import of goods and global commodities, noting that they discussed the partnership area industrial and commercial lucrative for both parties due to the presence of Iranian expertise to do so.
He said al-Husseini, the Iranian side showing great facilities to the Iraqi side, especially in the field of obtaining a visa, but in return we find difficulties registered private traders, and wished the upcoming meetings to be exceeded those problems.
As regards the free zone, predicted its success to the presence of a popular market for both countries and for all goods which are imported from countries and then assembled in the free zone, thus providing the economy and offset the fiscal deficit that has arisen because of falling oil prices.