Iraq has banned the import of Iranian-made cars. Iran exports popular Saiba and Samand models to Iraq. The ban went into effect at the beginning of the year. The Iraqi authorities blame alleged low-quality manufacturing and sub-par safety rating of the Iranian cars as the reasons for large number of fatal accidents involving those cars and hence the decision to ban them altogether. (Tabnak, 19 January)
The imports authorities also cited fuel standards used in Iranian cars as a main reason behind their decision.
“Iraqi fuel is well refined, something that Iranian companies have not observed,” said Adnan al-Sharifi, the CEO of the state-owned car-import corporation. (Al-Monitor, 19 January)
Photo credit: An aerial view of Baghdad's Khilani Square in central Baghdad. (Saad Shalash/Reuters/Al-Monitor)