Experts: Developing electronic automation will limit smuggling operations
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Baghdad: Muhannad Abdul Wahab
Economic experts believe that implementing the automation system will contribute to reducing tax evasion and help control the entry and exit of goods and control the value of goods.
Economic expert Safwan Qusay said: “Iraq is trying to implement a comprehensive electronic system not only for airports, given that the Ministry of Finance has included an integrated financial administrative system within the 2023 budget that will transfer the movement of goods entering the country from border crossings, whether air, sea or land, to an integrated system that shows us what it is.” “The goods that will enter Iraqi territory, what are the origins and value of the goods, who are the suppliers and importers, and the mechanism of financial transactions.”
Qusay added in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “the automation system will reduce the chances of corrupt people to change the type of goods or manipulate their value in order to evade customs, and the fully electronic process will contribute to reducing manipulation. It is also a financial system that is compatible with the goods system so that we have an integrated financial description for all types of goods.” Goods entering Iraqi territory from all airports.
He pointed out that "implementing this system will move Iraq to the digital economy and increase investment opportunities within the airport borders, especially since the International Finance Corporation is looking to rehabilitate Baghdad Airport to be consistent with international requirements and provide opportunities for investors to deal with services within the airport borders accurately and quickly in a way that is compatible with the environment." International.
Economist Osama Al-Tamimi believes that “the automation system is a global system that has been in place for many years in developed countries to follow up on economic activities in all their aspects, agricultural, industrial, export, and even administrative systems to follow up on all administrative systems.”
Al-Tamimi goes on to say during his talk to “Al-Sabah” that “the automation system works well on the customs system and follows up the export and import process since the arrival of the goods to the budget and matching them with the import certificate and with the prices of duties and taxes and following up on their payment,” considering that “automation ensures clear central control in front of State tax systems to reduce corruption and tax evasion that takes place at the ports.”
He pointed out that “the automation system, if successful, will reduce corruption and give the state a lot of money that taxpayers or importers of import certificates evade,” noting that “the automation system alone is not sufficient as it needs continuous follow-up from oversight and a law that holds violators of the import and evasion system accountable.” "Tax".
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