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Iraqi Border Guards are seen at the border gate between Iraq and Iran after it partially reopened at the Shalamcheh Border Crossing, Iraq July 7, 2020. (Reuters)
SULAIMANI — Member of the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee Jamal Kochar said on Saturday (November 21) that only ten percent of the customs incomes is returned to the Iraqi Government, claiming there are nine patterns of corruption at the border crossings.
Kochar told NRT Digital Media that seven types of the corruption types are done by the militia groups,but he did not go into details.
“Some trucks enter Iraq should be levied by five thousand dollars, but the [militia] forces proceed their [drivers’] affairs by two thousand dollars.”
“The date of expiration, the weight of the cargos and the manufactured countries of the food items are changed at some of the border points,” he said, noting that some food items are not levied and imported into Iraq in the name of charities.
Kochar did not give any data about the border crossings in the Kurdistan Region in the grip of the ruling parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
On November 18, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] the federal Joint Operations Command to shut down all the unofficial border crossings across the country to put an end to smuggling and enhance federal revenues.
Militias and tribes in central and southern Iraq and the ruling political parties in the Kurdistan Region exert a high degree of control over customs procedures at the checkpoints in their areas of influence, which allows them to capture financial benefits for themselves.
Kadhimi has [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] at Iraq’s border crossings a major priority for his government.
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