Tariffs and regulations
Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.
Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Iraq.
The information provided in this section does not constitute legal advice, and it is not intended, or should it be used, as a substitute for specific legal advice from qualified legal counsel. Austrade does not warrant the accuracy of the information, and urges those intending to do business in Iraq to consult with qualified legal counsel.
Tariffs and non-tariff barriers
The United Nations lifted sanctions against Iraq in May 2003. The Australian Government subsequently implemented regulations to remove Australia’s domestic restrictions on trade with Iraq and normal trade patterns have resumed Iraq (Reconstruction and Repeal of Sanctions) Regulations. However, the embargo on the trading of arms and related material with Iraq remains in place.
Customs requirements and import tariffs
All goods imported under the Iraq Reconstruction Programme are tax exempted, including goods for:
- United Nations
- World Bank
- multilateral agencies
- coalition forces
- reconstruction contractors
- international organisations
- Coalition governments.
It is important to request for a levy exemption letter if you are working with one of the above bodies. The Iraqi Embassy in Canberra is fully functioning and would be able to legalise any import-related documents.
Non-tariff barriers include inadequate infrastructure and trade capacity, significant customs processing delays, security considerations and some specific import and export bans.
Product certification, labelling and packaging
Cargo moving to Iraq should be well stabilised, secured and preferably have the contents fully concealed. Marking on boxes or crates should be directly on the box or crates in ink or paint rather than on removable tags or labels. Country of origin should be clearly marked and indicated. The date of manufacture and expiration of canned and preserved food items has to be embossed or printed on the packaging.
The contents of pharmaceutical products must be clearly printed on the packaging. Pesticide labelling must be in Arabic and English. Local business people may only import products that comply with the labelling and marking requirements issued by the Department of Standards and Specifications or the responsible government ministry.
Methods of quoting and payment
Quotations may be cost and freight (C&F) US dollars or Euro. Some importers may request Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) quotations. Payment is usually by irrevocable letter of credit.
Some importers may request deferred payment terms on letters of credit (L/C) from three to six months. You may work with Iraqi companies through third country banks such as Jordan or UAE.
Certificates of Origin and Commercial Invoice must be legalised/stamped by the local chamber of commerce and public notarised, as well as being legalised by the secretary of state.
Bill of lading
When exporting products to a non-governmental importer in Iraq it must include the bill of lading. When items are declared they are subject to different tax thresholds.
- include marks of identification, name and address of consignee
- quantities, weights and values.
There are no specific packing requirements, it is advised to be aware of the hot temperatures.
Weights and measures
Iraq uses the Metric System.