Moving to Iraq

Country Guide

Country Guide: Iraq

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: November 21, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Pro-forma invoice

Specific Information

  • For shipments to Erbil, an authorization letter from the owner of the goods is required.
  • Duties and taxes must be paid, which are approximately 8-10% of the declared Customs value based on the pro-forma invoice (returning citizens).
  • Diplomats can receive a diplomatic exemption if the country has an embassy in Iraq.

Note: Customs regulations may differ between cities. It is important to contact the destination agent for specific information prior to importation.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of OBL
  • Ownership paperwork
  • Certificate of title
  • Pro-forma invoice

Specific Information

  • Non-armored vehicles must be less than 2 years old for import.
  • The payment of 8-10% duties and taxes is applicable if no diplomatic protocol is received from the owner of the goods’ embassy.
  • The amount of duties and taxes are calculated based on the declared Customs value indicated on the pro-forma invoice.

Note: Pets cannot be imported to Erbil. Please contact your destination agent for specific information on import requirements.

Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Alcohol (only diplomats can import)
  • Tobacco (only diplomats can import 1 carton)
Prohibited Items
  • Weapons
  • Drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Tactical
  • Products of taxidermy (stuffed animals)
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Iraq

Wikipedia Entry for Iraq