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Iraq rakes in over $97M in revenue at border points in February

  2021-03-07  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard at a checkpoint during a patrol at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Feb. 17, 2016. Photo by REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Iraq’s Border Ports Authority said on Saturday  (March 6) that more than 97.7 billion Iraqi dinars ($66.3 million) worth of revenues were collected from customs, taxes and securities in February. 

105 different kinds of violations were also recorded. The infringements included tampering with fees,  smuggling wheels, arresting suspects wanted by the judiciary, trafficking with drugs and others, the federal board said in statement, according to Mubasher news agency. 

The federal agency also said that the Chinese New Year decreased trade volumes between both countries. 

Since taking office in May 2020, incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Kadhimi has made several moves to tighten government reign at the border crossings. 

(Zhyan English)