Country Guide: Iraq

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Updated: November 25, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required 

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Pro-forma Invoice

 

Specific Information

  • For shipments to Erbil, an authorization letter from the origin agent is required.
  • Duties and taxes must be paid, which are approximately 8-10% of the declared Customs value based on the Pro-forma invoice (returning citizens).
  • Diplomats can receive a diplomatic exemption if the country has an embassy in Baghdad.
  • Air freight is not recommended for the import of household goods shipments. Note: Customs regulations may differ between cities. It is important to contact the destination agent for specific information prior to importation.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of OBL
  • Ownership paperwork
  • Certificate of Title
  • Pro-forma Invoice

 

Specific Information

  • Non-armored vehicles must be less than 2 years old for import.
  • The payment of 8-10% duties and taxes is applicable if no diplomatic protocol is received from the shipper’s Embassy.
  • The amount of duties and taxes are calculated based on the declared Customs value indicated on the Pro-forma Invoice

Pets

Note: Pets cannot be imported.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol (only Diplomats can import)
  • Tobacco (only Diplomats can import 1 carton)

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons
  • Drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Tactical gear
  • Products of taxidermy (stuffed animals)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/nea/ci/iz/index.htm

http://www.iraqiembassy.us

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.