The current logistics’ system in Iraq is outmoded and inefficient. This study attempts toidentify the major challenges confronting logistics development in Iraq. A mapping of thetransportation flows is presented together with a forecast on how the transportation sector will develop the coming years. During a trip to Iraq, information was collected through qualitative and quantitative studies that were conducted with stakeholders in the logistics. The performed studies are omplemented with literature in order answer the purpose.
The results indicate that issues facing the logistics in Iraq are typical for emerging markets. This study identifies the following challenges; the poor infrastructure, the complex structure of the truck market, the lack of financing opportunities for the private truck sector, the nonexistent cooperation between the private and public sectors, the low utilization, the inefficient trade facilitation and the poor cost awareness. The mapping of transport flow indicates that the expressway no.1 together with the border entries are critical parts of the logistics system in Iraq.
This study indicates that in order develop the logistics in Iraq the following measurers needs to be accomplished:
•Development and implementation of a coherent national transport strategy.
•Integrate the work of the government entities in promoting efficient logistics.
•Efforts between the government and the private companies have to take place in order to identify and resolve potential problems in transport infrastructure, information flows.
•Modernize the trucking sector by improving their financial strength.
2012. , 51 p.