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Import/Export

United States to Iraq

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Iraq. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments of adversting stickers require an import license issued by the Ministry of Financial and Commercial Control, provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.
Any import cosmetics shipments more than 5 kgs (actual weight) will required quality control and Ministry of Health approval from Erbil.
Shipments of dental instruments require approval from the Ministry of Health and may be delayed an additional 3 to 4 days.
Diaries containing pictures, advertising, or other content considered offensive will be destroyed. Shipments of over 1500 diaries require a Certificate of Origin. Diaries may be delayed 3 to 4 days for censorship purposes.
Shipments of electrical items require permission from the Ministry of Information and a Certificate of Origin. There is a US$50.00 charge in advance to acquire government approval.
Imports require an import license issued by the Ministry of Health provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.
Data shipments to Iraq require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
Shipments of medical items require special permission from the Ministry of Information and a Certificate of Origin. There is a US$50.00 charge in advance to acquire government approval.
Imports require an import license issued by the Ministry of Health provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.
Imports of medicine require an import license issued by the Ministry of Health provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.
All military non-document shipments to Iraq require a "tax levy form" in order to clear the goods duty free. Either the shipper or the importer has to complete the form. If no tax levy form is available, duty will apply. Please make sure that the correct importer's phone number and address is mentioned on the waybill and the invoice.

Shipments of the following military equipment (troop needs -clothes, night vision equipment, weapons, walkie talkies and broadcasting equipment) require an import license issued by the Ministry of Interior, provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.

The invoice must include the name of the part, its components, and the machine that uses the part.
Shipments of software requires approval from the Ministry of Communication and may take an additional 2 to 3 days for clearance.
Audiotapes or videotapes may be delayed 3 to 4 days for censorship purposes. Tapes that contain pictures, advertising, or other content considered offensive will be destroyed.
All telephones, telephone equipment and cellular telephones require approval from the Ministry of Communication and may take an additional 2 to 3 days for clearance.
Shipments of televisions require an import license issued by the Ministry of Interior provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.
Shipments of toys with camera uses/equipment require an import license issued by the Ministry of Interior, provided by the importer. The import will be delayed and additional charges may apply.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Iraq.

Goods originating in Israel are prohibited.
Oil & Gas Industry Equipments or Material Related Oil and Gas Industry equipment

Equipment or material related requires Ministry of Natural resources approval from the Importer. If shipment is held for the approval, 5$ storage fees will be applicable from 4th day of arrival in Erbil customs.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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