Head of the Border ports commission, Major General Omar al-Waeli, announced on Saturday the volume of increase in port revenues achieved during the past nine months compared to the same period last year 2020, while confirming that all border crossings are now under the control of the federal government.
"As part of the commission’s statistics for the period from 1 January 2021 to 30 September 2021, as well as the same period in 2020, total customs, tax and safety revenues are up by more than 61 billion dinars over the past year," al-Waeli told The Iraqi News Agency (INA).
"All federal government border crossings are now under the control of government authorities through the presence of all cadres of border crossings by strengthening these 21 federal land, sea and air ports between and there are military forces stationed at the gates and perimeter of these ports," al-Waeli said.
"There are no fake ports, but there are informal crossings in the Kurdistan region," he said, adding that "the commission has held meetings and prepared correspondence to activate this matter, but so far we have not been able to be present in the region's ports."
"One of the most important priorities of the Border Ports commission is to protect the Iraqi product, whether industrial or agricultural, as there are inspections and controls of all containers coming to Iraq," he said.
"Border ports commission have a high level of responsibility to protect the Iraqi national domestic product, but with informal ports and crossings in the region that are not federally controlled, they occasionally enter materials affecting the Iraqi product," he said.
"This issue is under the responsibility of the main check points, the joint operations command and the regulators who must work in accordance with the law on this matter, but the Border ports commission is limited to its federal crossings," he said, stressing that "the commission has a high level of responsibility in order to protect the local industrial and agricultural product and everything that enters Iraqi local industry."