Iran, Iraq continue to resolve border, customs concerns
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 17/Trend M. Moezzi
Despite more than $2.5 billion in exports from Iran to Iraq last year and more than10 mutual agreements, the two neighbors still have some issues to resolve at their border checkpoints.
To help iron out lingering problems, the governors of Iraq's Irbil and Iran's West Azerbaijan Province have signed a 20-article agreement, Kiumars Fathollah Kermanshahi a deputy director at the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPO) to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
The new agreement will start being implemented after the holy month of Ramadan ends in mid-August. Some of its provisions include customs checkpoints being open on Fridays and holidays and giving a month's advance notice to the other party about any changes in trade regulations including standards, health or customs issues.
The governors of both provinces will meet to discuss transit-related matters, said Mr. Kermanshahi.