The One-Stop Shop for Customs Clearance in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI): The Logistics Cluster and the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre - December 2016 to March 2017

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from World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster
Published on 19 Apr 2017 View Original

Background

As part of the preparedness actions in the lead up to the Mosul operation, the Logistics Cluster held meetings with key logisticians from UN agencies and NGOs in October 2016 in order to prepare for potential gaps and bottlenecks in the humanitarian pipeline. Partners identified customs as a main concern (especially for medical items), reporting that clearance was at times taking more than 15 working days. The idea of a one stop shop (OSS) for customs clearance was welcomed and close collaboration with the Joint Crisis Coordination (JCC) Centre began.

Objective

To facilitate the humanitarian response in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and elsewhere in Iraq by enhancing the customs clearance process and reducing the time required for clearance by half.

Outcome

Since December 2016, the One Stop Shop (OSS) has been providing a free-of-charge service for all agencies and local and international NGOs; the services include facilitation of customs clearance for incoming cargo into the KRI, and coordination with all relevant authorities for the smooth movement of humanitarian assistance into the KRI.