Tag Archives | Pre-Importation Inspection Testing and certification of Goods into Iraq (ICIGI)

Iraq Ports See Influx of ‘Mediocre Products’

By Omar al-Shaher for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has continued to implement strict inspection measures on imported goods through its maritime ports in the southern city of Basra, after having been accused of turning into “a warehouse for […]

Goods Without Cert of Origin Prevented Entering Iraq

By John Lee. Authorities at Traibeel [Tirbil, Tarbiel] border crossing (pictured) between Iraq and Jordan have said that trucks carrying goods without an official certificate of origin certified by the Iraqi Embassy will not be allowed to enter Iraq. Yaseen al-Falahi, Director of the border post, told NINA that the measures are to prevent sub-standard […]

Cotecna Appointed for Pre-Importation Inspection

By John Lee. Swiss company Cotecna has been officially appointed by the Iraqi Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC), to handle the implementation of a verification of conformity program for goods imported into Iraq. Based on article 3 (clause 8) of Iraqi law n°54 of 1979, COSQC has been empowered by the Iraqi […]

German Company to Inspect Iraqi Imports

The Iraqi Ministry of Planning has reportedly signed a technical contract with a German company to inspect imports into Iraq. The Ministry said that the aim of the contract is “to limit the importation of bad goods or expired commodities and foodstuffs“. According to a report from Aswat al-Iraq, the contract was signed with the […]

Ministry to Announce New Pre-Import Inspection Contracts

A spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Planning and Development has said the ministry will announce the three contracts pre-import inspection next week. The Ministry has completed the final touches on the contracts for the international companies from France, Switzerland and Denmark, said Abd Al-Zahra al-Hindawi. Bureau Veritas of France, and Swiss company SGS, had been […]

Iraq Shortlists 6 Firms to Replace SGS for Pre-Import Inspection

AKnews reports that Iraq’s planning ministry has shortlisted six international inspection companies as possible replacements for Swiss company SGS. At a press conference in Baghdad on Monday, Planning Minister Ali Shukri (pictured) confirmed that SGS had lost the contract for Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing, and certification of Goods into Iraq (ICIGI) due to poor performance, and […]

Planning Ministry ‘Extends SGS Work Until End Feb’

According to a report from AKnews, the Iraqi Ministry of Planning has decided to continue working with the Swiss-based company SGS until the end of February. Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi, a ministry spokesman, said the decision was taken in response to the demands of businessmen and importers until the completion of their commercial dealings with the […]

SGS Loses Iraqi Import Inspection Contract

Iraq’s Ministry of Planning has reportedly canceled its contract with Switzerland’s SGS after the company allegedly failed to respond to Iraqi authorities about what they described as “sluggish work”. SGS and Iraq signed a contract in January 2011 whereby the Swiss company provides product conformity assessment services for qualifying products allowing their importation into Iraq […]

SGS Comments on Import Inspection (ICIGI)

By Rickie Cole of SGS, in response to our Iraq Business News article on importation inspection: On 1st May 2011, the Central Organisation of Standardisation and Quality Control (COSQC) in Iraq implemented the Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing & Certification of Goods to Iraq (ICIGI) programme. This programme is designed to monitor the quality of regulated goods […]

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Governments have many responsibilities, but one of the main requirements of government is not to get in the way. If an economy is to grow, the administration must facilitate, or at the very least not hinder, people who are trying to create value, satisfy demand, and serve customers. But the new inspection regime at Iraqi […]

Pre-Importation Inspection Program for Goods to Iraq

Starting May 1, 2011, the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) has implemented the Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing, and certification of Goods into Iraq (ICIGI), relative to the COSQC Law No. 54 of 1979 (Article 3/Clause 8). Under this programme, COSQC requires that regulated imported products whose standard specifications were declared compulsory under the […]