Iraqi Maritime Administration has disclosed that great quantities of imports are piling up at the port due to refusal by the traders to pay the extra financial obligations due to the newly adopted customs tariff.
The sources said that the traders are trying to delay the completion of imports formalities in "expectation of governmental cancellation of the new law" as happened few months before.
It was reported that there 32 refrigerated trucks carrying foodstuff, are still being kept at the southern ports. The sources added that the administration lost great deal of funds in the light of lesser vessels coming to the Iraqi ports.
At he beginning of last November, the Iraqi Finance Ministry adopted the new law of customs tariff, but the Iraqi border outlets were "paralyzed" which obliged the Iraqi government to postpone implementing this law.
But a new decision was adopted by 2016 budget law that started "undeclared" war between the central government and other bordering provinces, particularly southern Basra province.
Basra has five active trade ports where tens of foreign vessels enter its waters that pay ten millions of dollars each week.
Source: Iraqi Trade Link