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Basra Gateway Terminal achieves New Milestone

By John Lee. Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) has announced that it has recently handled its three millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit shipping container). The milestone was achieved during the handling of Evergreen's Ever Uranus and coincided with BGT's seventh year of operations. Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) is a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), which is […]

Border Crossings, Roads, and Regional Politics in Iraq

By Harith Hasan, for Carnegie Middle East Center. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Border Crossings, Roads, and Regional Politics in Iraq Border crossings and cross-border connections have become essential components in the growing regional contest for influence in Iraq. Click […]

New COVID-19 Guidelines for Travelers by Iraqi Kurdistan

In accordance with the global response against COVID-19 and the cautious lifting of restrictions, the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Health has updated official guidelines for travel to the Kurdistan Region. Taking into consideration the public interest and the government's ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, travelers entering the Kurdistan Region by land […]

China to Rehabilitate the Nassiriyah International Airport

By John Lee. Iraq and China have signed a contract for the rehabilitation of Nassiriyah International Airport. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi attended the signing on Tuesday. According to Shafaq, the contract was signed by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) and the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). (Sources: Govt of Iraq, Shafaq)

Iraqi Tankers Re-Registered in Umm Qasr

By John Lee. Two oil tankers owned by the State Company for Maritime Transport (SCMT) have been transferred from Jordanian registration to registration in the Iraqi port of Basra, following the lifting of sanctions. Iraqi Transport Minister, Captain Nasser Hussain Bandar Al-Shibli [Captain Nasser Hussein Bandar Al-Shibli], raised the Iraqi flags on the vessels, the […]

Passenger Numbers Down more than 80% on Iraqi Rail

By John Lee. Iraq's Central Statistics Organization (CSO) has announced a fall of more than 80 percent in passenger numbers on Iraq's railways in 2020. The number of passengers carried fell from 435,000 in 2019 to 77,000 in 2020, probably due, at least in part, to the coronavirus pandemic. More here (Arabic). (Source: CSO) (Picture: […]

Al-Maqal Port "to become Tourist Landmark"

By John Lee. Sharjah 24 reports that Iraq's General Company for Ports is accepting offers from private companies to turn the disused Al-Maqal Port on the Shatt al-Arab into a tourist destination. It adds that an Italian company has already completed designs. Since the Iraq war, the port has reportedly declined for transport purposes, following […]