Baghdad/National News Center
Today, Wednesday, Iraq and Saudi Arabia agreed to take new steps to activate the process of trade exchange at the Arar border crossing between the two countries.
The Iraqi Border Ports Authority stated, in a statement received by the "National News Center", that "the Committee on Transport and Border Ports headed by the Chairman of the Authority, Omar Al-Waeli and his accompanying delegation, held a meeting today at the Arar border port, in the presence of the Saudi ambassador in Iraq, with the Saudi side headed by the Governor." To the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, the Chairman of the Transport Authority and the delegation accompanying them,” noting that “the meeting comes as a continuation of the Riyadh meeting.”
Al-Waeli confirmed, according to the statement, that "points have been established to resolve all obstacles facing the process of trade exchange at the port in order to increase them and facilitate the procedures for entering goods for both countries."
He added, according to the statement, "It was agreed to open a special office to certify certificates of origin after the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and to give facilities and priority to Iraqi importers and exporters alike."
The statement indicated, "visiting the trade exchange arena and urging workers to expedite the handling and exchange process and complete the required requirements."
He explained that "the port administration has been assigned to develop tight plans with the security services and departments operating at the port to ensure the inspection of goods and prevent the passage of any materials outside the controls."
According to the statement, the Saudi side called for "supporting the port, increasing trade and activating transit as soon as possible, and naming coordinators between the ports to complete the roads to be completed by them in a manner that ensures the smooth flow of entry and exit of trucks."