Im­port­ing poor qual­ity cars to be cur­tailed

Lim­i­ta­tion of im­port­ing cars to Kur­dis­tan will raise its price

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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