Manual labour is easily available throughout Iraq. Productivity of workers, as well as the average wage per worker, increased between 2009 and 2012 according to the 2018 Ministry of Planning statistics.

The local market can provide skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers in all sectors of activity. Daily price for an unskilled worker is between 25,000 and 35,000 IQD per day. The daily wages for a skilled worked is $ 100 per day.

Regarding handling of cargo, common use in Iraq is to charge for full offloading or loading of a defined truck size (for light items) or weight of cargo to be handled (for food). The loading and offloading for unskilled workers remain 25,000 and 35,0000 per day.

It can be agreed either with owner of the warehouse or the transporter of the goods to include handling price in global price of the service provided.