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Updated in Dec. 2017 by Capt. Wolf Lampe, Consultant seconded by BLG LOGISTICS, Bremen/Germany

Iraq Port Assessment

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Iraq’s main port is Umm Qasr North Port. Additionally Umm Qasr South Port and – to a lesser degree - Al Maqal Port at Basra offer professional port services.  

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The comparison highlights the lead time differences between the Port of Basra and other alternative ports and borders of entries into Iraq.

Al Maqal Port, BASRA (Iraq)

UMM Qasr  Port (Iraq)

Seaborne from UAE to Port: 3 days

Customs Clearance: minimum 3 days (note: depending on the commodity and the necessity of sampling and analysing food items 3-5 days average seemed more likely in 2017)

Ground Transit to Basra: 1 day

Total Transit Time: 5-6 days

Total Distance to Basra City Center: 0 km

Sailing from UAE to Port: 2-3 days

Customs Clearance:  minimum 3days

Ground Transit to Basra: 1  day

Total Transit Time: 6-11 days

Total Distance to Basra City Center: 60 km

AL SHUWAIK Port (Kuwait)

MERSIN Port (Turkey)

Sailing from UAE to Port: 2 days

Customs Clearance:  4-6 days

·  (2-3 days at AI Shuwaikh Port;

2-3 days at Safwan Gate) Ground Transit to Basra: 1  day Total Transit Time: 7-9 days *

Total Distance to Basra City Center: 168 km

Sailing from UAE to Port: 12 days

Customs clearance:  8-12 days

(5-7 days at Mersin, Turkey;

3-5 days at Zakho, Iraq) Ground Transit to Basra: 5-6 days

(2 days to Zakho border;

1  day transit to lrbil;

2-3 days to Basra)

Total Transit Time: 25-30 days *

Total Distance  to Basra City Center: 1,940 km

Port OF AQABA  (Jordan)

Sailing from UAE to Port: 1 1  days

Customs Clearance:  4 days Ground Transit to Basra: 6-8 day Total Transit Time: 21-23 days *

Total Distance to Basra City Center: 1,442 km

* Total transit time may be longer due to unexpected  border closures between countries

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