KRG interior ministry opens customs monitoring directorate

Ibrahim Khalil border crossing (File)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Finance and Economy said in a statement on Wednesday (August 12) that it has opened a new Customs Monitoring Directorate, designed to implement reforms to customs procedures at the Region’s borders.

The ministry statement said that the directorate would help to increase transparency.

Organizationally, it will operate from within the General Customs Directorate.

The directorate opens at a time when the federal government is seeking to increase state control over customs procedures at border crossings, including in the Kurdistan Region, and the KRG is trying to streamline its own finances and bring in more revenue from cross-border trade.

In the Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) control the border crossings in their areas of dominance, allowing them to expropriate income away from the state.

(NRT Digital Media)