Ports and ports of Basra: Pay "bribes" get your goods[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Monday / 29 / April - 2019
Iraqi merchants complain of the imposition of royalties on them in return for the release of their goods to the ports and ports of Basra in the south of the country, increasing the burden imposed on them. While parliamentarians attributed the imposition of these royalties to the control of "Mafayat and armed groups" on the Iraqi ports.
"A trader who does not pay a bribe keeps his goods on the dock for weeks," says Hussain al-Rubaie, a Baghdad merchant. "Paying is usually for everyone, from the smallest to the largest, and the quotas of parties and political forces are guaranteed. They are the ones who provide a safe harbor for corruption in ports. "He said.
He added: "The containers whose owners or officials pay money within hours, and there is manipulation of the customs collected in this sense," explaining that some traders pay thousands of dollars for the registration of goods at a lower value, on her.
A few days ago, Haitham al-Jubouri, a member of the Finance Committee of the Parliament, in a statement, revealed that "the tax revenues (amounting to about $ 6.5 billion, only enter about 660 million dollars to balance Iraq, and the rest goes to the corrupt," stressing that Iraq loses about $ 300 every second, because of corruption and routine at the border crossings.
The Integrity Committee in the current parliament, in January, opened the files of corruption in contracts and deals, as well as details of commissions imposed by parties and militias on companies and contractors in the provinces of Basra and Baghdad, which affected the projects and was a cause of the violent demonstrations in Iraq during past years.
According to recent estimates by the Finance Committee of the Parliament, the size of Iraq's losses due to corruption in the past twelve years amounted to about 450 billion dollars, including 360 billion dollars during the period of the governments of Nuri al-Maliki the first and second (2006-2014).
"The government should control border crossings and change its procedures to reduce rampant corruption in ports and control by parties and armed groups that control these ports, which are no less important than oil sales and imports," said Saadoun al-Basri, an Iraqi economic analyst.
"One of the rings of corruption is the delay in the delivery of goods to traders, which means the survival of goods for months in the port, which causes loss to the trader, and affects the history of production, and corruption of imported goods.