ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
Iraq is reported to have placed a temporary ban on vegetable imports from countries including Turkey, Iran and Syria. 'The ban began on May 1,' Subhi al-Jumaily, a senior deputy agriculture minister said in one newspaper interview. The minister stated that the ban would be in effect whenever the supply from domestic sources is sufficient. "We don't want to shut off imports completely but want to arrange them through official agreements for all different food items," he said.
At present, according to one local academic, Iraq imports between 90 and 94 percent of its food and between 60 and 70 percent of its vegetables. For the year to date, imports of vegetables are reported to have totalled in value US$5.5 billion from Turkey, US$3.5 billion from Iran, US$3 billion from Syria. Other importers include Jordan and China.
On 8 June 2009, a senior official at the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture was reported to have said the ban was successful, in part because the prices of vegetables were stable.
These developments appear not to have gone unnoticed in trading partners. The Jordanian Minister of Agriculture sought special permits from his Iraqi counterpart for Jordan's produce to be exported to Iraqi. Mr Masri, the Jordanian Minister, was reported to have said: "The Iraqi side agreed to allow Jordanian fruit exports into Iraq provided that they are loaded on the border onto Iraqi trucks under limited permits."
On 4 May 2018, the Government of Iraq issued the ministerial book no. 12913 that extends import ban on "cucumbers".
On 28 November 2018, the government issued another book no. 41248 that extended the list of the import ban on additional vegetables. The aim of the import ban is to protect local production.
The list of import banned vegetables:
On 5 January 2019, the government issued ministerial book no. 556 that extends the import ban on lettuce.
On 17 April 2019, the government issued ministerial book no.11891 that extends the import ban on Garlic.
On 4 November 2019, the government issued ministerial book no. 34195 that extends the import ban on Potatoes and Tomatoes.
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