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Ghalib H.A. Mohammed - Senior Associate - Litigation
As such, it has become necessary to know the requirements to establish an entity which will conduct business in this field, and these requirements may be of interest both for those in Iraq and those outside of Iraq and the marine field. This article will discuss the requirements in connection with enabling an entity to render marine services in Iraq and will take you through the procedures of each stage with the aim of clarifying the entire process. It should be taken into consideration that the requirement at each stage has a bearing on the one ahead.
Stage 1 – Companies Registrar Department
The procedure for registering an entity with the Companies Registrar Department will vary depending on the type of the entity to be registered e.g. a local company, an LLC, or a representative office or branch of a foreign company; however, it is unnecessary to go into details of the registration requirements for each of these entities in this article. The points to be taken into consideration when registering an entity for rendering marine services in Iraq are as follows:
Stage 2 – Work Permit
In order to obtain a work permit from the General Company for Port of Iraq / Ministry of Transportation (the “GCPI”), by applying to the Marine Inspection Department, the following is required:
Stage 3 – Licence for marine services
To apply for a licence for marine services from the Marine Agencies of the State Company for Maritime Transport / Ministry of Transportation, the following steps are required:
Submit an undertaking to the Marine Agencies regarding the following:
It is to be noted that each stage listed above is to be fully finalised prior to proceeding with the next one (i.e. Stage 1 must be fully satisfied before Stage 2 can be undertaken).