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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Federal Integrity Commission stressed, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, the need to put an end to stopping and reducing the differences in fees owed by importers, while calling for a review of customs exemptions granted to various sectoral authorities.
The authority stated in a statement, "The Federal Integrity Commission called for the amendment of the amended Customs Law No. (23 of 1984) in line with recent economic developments," calling on "the concerned authorities to reconsider the bilateral agreements that grant customs facilities and exemptions from fees; to maximize financial revenues.
The Authority’s Prevention Department recommended, according to the statement, in a report it prepared on the visits made by its team, which was composed to conduct field visits to the Ministry of Finance - the General Authority of Customs, to “review the file of customs exemptions granted to various sectoral authorities by developing a mechanism and an economic vision that is covered and the exemptions are accurate, and the precise goods are specified.” According to the actual need of the project and the time periods specified for it,” noting that “the size of the exemptions mainly affects the planned volume of revenues.”
The report of the authority, a copy of which was sent to the Office of the Prime Minister, the General Secretariat and the Minister of Finance, urged “to put an end to stopping and reducing the differences in fees owed by importers, traders, and clearance companies by specifying the amounts owed by each company and importer, and assigning the responsibility for its collection to the director of the region, in addition to the customs office.” general tax authority; With a view to adjusting the taxes that must be collected in light of fee differences in order to achieve a general revenue for the state treasury, as well as stopping the activity of those who owe financial fee differences until those dues are paid.”
The report suggested “that the General Authority of Customs send units from the Customs Tariff Audit Department to the border crossings; For the purpose of limiting financial differences to importers before paying customs duties, as well as supporting and strengthening investigation and control activity in all ports, and intensifying campaigns in local markets to control prohibited materials, in coordination with the Supreme Judicial Council, in addition to setting strict controls; To reduce the phenomenon of exporting basic foodstuffs outside Iraq; To limit the rise in its prices, work to increase its strategic storage, and stop its export (for the time being),” noting that “after reviewing the statistics of exported foodstuffs, it was noticed that quantities of (rice and edible oil) were exported during the first four months of this year.”
The report dealt with “the problems and obstacles represented by the lack of prior coordination with the customs departments at the border posts in controlling cases of violating consignments at the border post, and sending them to the General Authority of Customs; According to the provisions of Article (241) of the Customs Law No. (23 of 1984), and the failure of the General Authority of Iraqi Ports to notify it of the presence of overcrowded containers in the warehouses of the Ministry of Transport for long periods, noting that “the legal period allowed for the containers to remain is (30) days.” Just".
He stressed that "the revenues of the General Customs Authority for the years (2019 - 2021) amounted to approximately (3,080,000,000) dinars, despite the Kurdistan Region's failure to comply with Resolution No. (13 of 2019) regarding the unification of customs and tariff procedures approved between the center and the region," explaining that "the speed of resolving the achievement The lawsuits will contribute to supporting the state treasury from the money obtained from it.”
He pointed out that he "noted the weak activity of the investigation and control department of the Central Region Customs Directorate, and the weak follow-up by the managers of the border center for the priorities sent by them to the customs tariff audit department," pointing out that "the sending of priorities before completing the paragraphs of the customs declaration in the payment of those paragraphs of some companies, The financial benefits that I owed to the production tax department of the directorate.”
Regarding the procedures of the General Authority of Customs in facilitating the transactions of citizens, the authority confirmed, according to the statement, “the introduction of a search service for vehicle entries entering Iraq through the website; To get acquainted with the stages of completing the transaction without the need to review the department, in addition to preparing a special program for the electronic declaration that is tasked with linking the departments of each border center from the customs affairs department until the completion of the transaction,” noting that “the procedures included directing the directors of the customs areas to expedite the assessment and sale of the abandoned funds. confiscation, in accordance with the provisions of the customs and anti-smuggling laws of oil and its derivatives; In order to prevent cases of extinction of these materials and not to decrease their values, as well as to help reduce the momentum in the Al-Ghamri campus and the detention yards.”
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