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Iraq throws Turkey curveball in Bilateral Trade

By Fehim Tastekin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Turkish exporters are reeling from an unprecedented blow in trade with Iraq that has splashed cold water on Ankara’s hopes to launch a second border crossing with its southern neighbor and boost bilateral trade […]

Iraq Bans Import of Oranges

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture has banned the import of oranges, due to "the abundance of local produce and support for our national economy". A "technical agent" at the ministry, Dr. Mahdi Mohammad al-Qaisi (pictured), confirmed that this is the first ban on the importation of oranges since 2003. (Source: Ministry of […]

Iraq bans Turkish Tomatoes

By John Lee. In a bid to boost local tomato production, The Iraqi government has banned the import of tomatoes from Turkey. A statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources said the tomato production of Najaf and Karbala is enough to supply all of domestic demand. Rudaw reports that Iraq imported tomatoes […]

Iraq bans Jordanian Food Imports

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Trade has banned the import of some food products and beverages from Jordon due to what it describes as “health and safety concerns.” Local media reports say the Ministry identified genetic modification and the excessive use of food additives as the reasons for the ban on some products. The […]

KRG Taxes Agricultural Products from Iraq

By John Lee. Kurdistan24 reports that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Agriculture has decided to impose a tax on some products imported from other parts of Iraq. KRG Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Abdulstar Majid, said that the his Department is aware that imposing a tax on goods within a country is […]

Iraq to Remove Ban on Iranian Cement

By John Lee. The secretary of Iran's Cement Industry Employers Association has said that Iraq has promised to remove its ban on the import of Iranian cement. Fars news agency quotes Abdolreza Sheikhan as saying that following several meetings between Iranian and Iraqi officials, Baghdad promised to give priority to Iranian exports, once general ban […]

Cheap Imports Mean “Made In Iraq” Is Disappearing

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The End of An Industrial Era: Cheap Imports Mean “Made In Iraq” Is Disappearing Almost half of Basra's smaller manufacturers have closed in the face of a market flooded with […]

Iraq Blocks Turkish Poultry Imports

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has been undertaking "a series of policy twists to restrict the exports of poultry products from Turkey." The chairman of the Turkish Poultry Promotion Group, Müjdat Sezer, part of the country’s Ministry of Economy, told GlobalMeatNews: "Iraq decided to stop all imports of full chickens from Turkey. We don’t know […]

Iraq Blocks Jordanian Trucks

Iraqi border authorities have blocked the entry of 75 Jordanian trucks, loaded with vegetables and fruit, citing the start of the harvest season in Iraq, Saadi Abu Hammad, president of Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables, said on Saturday. Hammad told Petra that all the produce was damaged since the trucks had […]

Imported Goods Crowd Out Local Production

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Qasim al-Rubaie, a teacher from Babil province, told Al-Monitor in front of a grocery store, “You will not find any Iraqi grown vegetables and fruits. Instead you'll find imported goods from Jordan, […]