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Overview

The Safwan border crossing is located between Iraq and Kuwait 51 km southwest of Basra city. The entry point is also known as the Abdali border crossing from the Kuwaiti side. There is a free trade zone located near Safwan within the Iraqi territory, which extends over an area of eight square km.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Iraq: Safwan
Kuwait: Abdali

Province or District

Safwan

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Safwan (1.5 km)

Latitude

30.1028892

Longitude

47.7147922

Managing Authority / Agency

Iraqi Government, Council of Ministers, Border Port Authority.

Iraqi Government, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Customs.

Prime Minister Office/Border Port Commission.

Contact Person

B. General. Alaa Hussein: Boarder Manager

B. General. Ali Jumaa: Residency Manager

Mr. Fawaz Muayad: Customs Manager

 

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Basra International Airport (66 km)

Truck Travel Time: 2 hrs

Car Travel time: 1.5 hrs

Nearest Port

Umm Qasr Port (26.7 km)

Truck Travel Time: 30 mins

Car Travel time: 1 hr

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Basra (51 km)

Truck Travel Time: 1 hr

Car Travel time: 2 hrs

Other Information

 

There are many fuel stations and weighing bridges on the route between Safwan town and the border.

Hours of Operation

Mondays

24 hours/2 shifts

Tuesdays

24 hours/2 shifts

Wednesdays

24 hours/2 shifts

Thursdays

24 hours/2 shifts

Fridays

24 hours/2 shifts

Saturdays

24 hours/2 shifts

Sundays

24 hours/2 shifts

National Holidays

24 hours/2 shifts

Seasonal Constraints

N/A

Border Crossing Picture

Daily Capacity

At present and under normal circumstances, Safwan has a total daily capacity that can handle approximately 1,100 trucks for both import and export operations. As for the import activities the border crossing has parking area that lots up to 800 trucks of different types. There’re no storage facilities at the border but the warehouses can be found outside the border area in Safwan city owned by private companies.

Customs Clearance

For more information on customs in Iraq, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Other Relevant Information

There are customs clearing companies/customs brokers at Safwan border crossing who can clear all items in addition to being able to handle, transport and store goods.

Border Crossing

Company

Street / Physical Address

Name

Title

Phone Number (mobile)

Safwan

Ahmed Fayad Abdullah

Safwan

Ahmed Fayad Abdullah

General Director

009647801028303

Safwan

Amwaj Alfarhan

Safwan

Yousif Farhan Samir

General Director

009647700777262

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.


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