Vehicle Imports from Iran Drop Sharply

Vehicle imports through the Haji Omaran [Haj Omran, Haj Umran] border crossing (pictured) on the Iranian border north of Erbil have dropped by 73 per cent, from 2,000 cars per month in 2010 to 1,195 vehicles in the first two month of 2011, according to a report from AK News.

Salar Omar, vehicles department official in Haji Omaran customs complex says the drop in imports has been caused by administrative complications on the Iranian side of the border crossing.

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Directorate of Traffic Police has also imposed its own conditions that need to be met for a car to be imported into Kurdistan.

For now, 2009 to 2011 vehicles are allowed to be imported into Kurdistan, but as of September, 2009 vehicles will no longer be permitted, said Omar.

(Source: AKnews)

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