Country Guide: Iraq

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Updated: November 21, 2016

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Used 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 owner of the goods 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 Iraq. 

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 owner of the goods’ embassy.
  • The amount of duties and taxes are calculated based on the declared Customs value indicated on the pro-forma invoice.


Note:  Pets cannot be imported to Erbil. Please contact your destination agent for specific information on import requirements. 

Restricted/Dutiable Items

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

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons
  • Drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Tactical
  • 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.



Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Iraq

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.