Progress on Customs Automation in Iraq

Progress on Customs Automation in Iraq

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani chaired a meeting to review customs automation and network integration progress.

Representatives from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) attended the meeting.

Detailed reports on the first phase of implementing the global system for customs automation and modernization, known as ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data), were discussed during the meeting. The reports focused on the challenges faced during the implementation process and the solutions devised. The goal of the implementation is to unify customs procedures and issue electronic permits through comprehensive information technology. The reports also emphasized the importance of data exchange and the ultimate goal of establishing a single window for foreign trade.

The Prime Minister has instructed to complete the financial commitments for the first phase and provide the necessary infrastructure to ensure the success of the project. In addition, he has ordered the initiation of technical workshops to promote awareness of this significant project. The project aims to support the government’s efforts to develop economic infrastructure with transparency and integrity.

Customs automation is a vital component of the government’s economic reform program, as highlighted by Al-Sudani. It serves as a basis for financial and banking reforms and aligns with the government’s goal of promoting fair trade and fighting corruption.