Importing poor quality cars to be curtailed
Limitation of importing cars to Kurdistan will raise its price
Importing cars into the Kurdistan Region will be curtailed from the beginning of March 2013, an official from Kurdistan’s directorate of quality control says. Car traders believe the price of cars will increase after the date.
The Kurdistan Region’s Council of Ministers decided to limit trading in cars in the region from the beginning of March. The decision also includes an article that no poor quality car should be imported after the decision takes effect.
Moayad Abdurrahman, Head of Quality Control office said that they are getting ready to follow the legal procedures in order to halt bringing in poor quality cars. “Any car that will be imported into the region after the date should include safety and environmental standards; otherwise, we refuse the car from coming into the region,” head of quality control office said.
He also added that all the imported cars should be high model and strong in terms of break, tires as well as engine and windows, adding that the car must be in accordance with international standards.
In regards to protecting the en- vironment, Abdurrahman said that they will examine those materials which go out into the environment from the car.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) appointed Ministry of Trade and Industry to cooperate with Iraq’s counterpart ministry to take necessary actions in order to implement the decision. The KRG thus far formed a committee which includes several ministers so as to prepare a report to specify the standard measures or criteria to import cars.
The KRG’s spokesperson, Safin Dizayee, explained that the main purpose of the decision is to rearrange the business in favor of the people, especially in terms of safety. The price of cars has been relatively raised following the KRG’s decision. Some say the decision is to dominate the market by some influential businessmen. A car businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Kurdish Globe that there are some companies which have power over the market and are to some extent close to political parties.