[size=36]The ports determine the mechanism for imposing customs duties and importing gold[/size]
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The Border Ports Authority clarified today, Sunday, the mechanism applied to impose duties and customs tariffs on containers of goods and gold entering Iraq in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Ministers, indicating that these decisions come within the government’s measures to tighten control over revenues and financial transfers.
The head of the authority, Omar Al-Waeli, said in a statement, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, that, “Under the direct sponsorship of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, a decision was issued by the Council of Ministers No. 23672 of 2023 to support the commercial process in Iraq and regulate the import process, by imposing customs tariffs due to the... “It is important in providing financial revenues to the state treasury and in order to simplify procedures for importers through our federal ports.”
He added, "The decision included the following:
1. The customs duty for a container with a size of (20) feet will be two million dinars in lump sums, and for a size of 40 feet it will
be 3 million dinars in lump sums. 2. The customs duty for divided goods without a container will be according to the approved customs duty amounts
. 3. The import license will be suspended
4. Obligating the General Authority of Customs to accept the certificate of origin and the invoice issued by the Chambers of Commerce, relying on the national project for the electronic issuance authenticity system (QR) to facilitate procedures and ensure their authenticity. 5. The additional
customs duty rate for tobacco and cigarettes was amended to be (20%), while the customs tariff rate is (10%).
6. Obligating the General Authority of Customs to match the coordinator code for the entering goods with the coordinator code on the SWIFT transfer on the transfer platform at the Central Bank of Iraq, which applies starting on (phones, cigarettes, and cars). 7. Customs matching the coordinator
code for the transfer issued by Iraq with the imported goods code for the above three goods and requiring the importer to prove the legitimacy of the financing if it is from other sources outside Iraq.
8. The decision gave importers of goods (phones, cigarettes, and cars) a period of one month to correct the customs and legal status of their goods, after which joint committees from the relevant authorities would be formed to investigate. And inspect warehouses, shops and roads that contain infringing goods and deal with them in accordance with the Customs Law and the Anti-Money Laundering Law.”
He continued, “With regard to imported gold, Cabinet Resolution No. (23671) of 2023 was issued as follows:
1. The importer of gold must be a company officially registered in the Companies Registration Department and is allowed to transfer externally.
2. Allowing the import of gold exclusively through air ports and demarcated from Before customs, it is inspected and marked by the Federal Central Agency for Standardization and Quality Control.
3. The duties and fees for importing gold are determined as follows:
A- Raw gold and bullion. The examination fees for quantities of imported gold are 50 thousand dinars per kilogram, and 100 thousand dinars are levied customs duties for Every one kilogram.
B - Gold jewellery, customs duties of 250 thousand dinars are collected for every one kilogram and 50 thousand dinars inspection fees.
C - Amending the controls for remanufacturing gold and re-exporting it outside Iraq.
D- Gold imported or exported in violation of the aforementioned controls is considered a violation of the law and is dealt with in accordance with the amended Customs Law No. (23) of 2018 and the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law No. 39 of 2015. Joint teams are formed from customs investigation officers, the National Security Service, and the Organized Crime Directorate to investigate. And inspection of imported or exported gold is outside the controls.”
He concluded by saying: “The Border Ports Authority, being the regulatory and supervisory body over the work of the departments operating at the border ports, follows up the application directly to achieve the desired goals of the decision, and it is one of many steps taken by the government to tighten control over revenues.” And financial transfers.” Ended 29/h