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Turkey reopens the customs gates with Iran and Iraq


Turkey reopened its customs gates with Iran and Iraq on Thursday after months of closure due to COVID-19, the Turkish Trade Minister said on Twitter.

The customs gates of Habur and Gurbulak have been reopened for international freight traffic, said Ruhsar Pekcan.
She said restrictions on these countries have been lifted due to the slower international spread of potential contaminants and the waning pandemic in Iraq and Iran.

The reopening also marks the end of contactless trading, a practice that was introduced during the outbreak, she added.

In early March, Turkey closed its border gates with neighboring countries, including Iran and Iraq, in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

After the shutdown, the Department of Commerce focused on non-contact foreign trade to continue the country’s exports and imports.



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