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US$ 21,401.41 mn
Bilateral trade value between 2021-2022


Iraqi visas issued under national missions in 2021

Overseas Indians living in Iraq

Hydrocarbon reserves

One of the largest reserves in the world and has 98 trillion cubic meters reserves of gas


in sulphur, phosphate, and iron

Focus sectors

The Government of Iraq has identified over 750 investment opportunities throughout Iraq in sectors including construction, manufacturing industry, agriculture, tourism, housing, telecommunications and healthcare

Logistic hub

Iraq has strategically important ports and airports, and can develop into a cost-effective trading and distribution location

India's Exports and Imports to Iraq

Dated: 30/01/2023
Values in US $ Millions

Country / Region:  IRAQ

S.No. \Year 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
1. EXPORT 1,462.23 1,788.66 1,878.17 1,498.99 2,403.27
2. %Growth 22.32 5.00 -20.19 60.33
3. India’s Total Export 303,526.16 330,078.09 313,361.04 291,808.48 422,004.40
4. %Growth 8.75 -5.06 -6.88 44.62
5. %Share 0.48 0.54 0.60 0.51 0.57
6. IMPORT 17,615.81 22,372.47 23,740.18 14,287.10 31,927.05
7. %Growth 27.00 6.11 -39.82 123.47
8. India’s Total Import 465,580.99 514,078.42 474,709.28 394,435.88 613,052.05
9. %Growth 10.42 -7.66 -16.91 55.43
10. %Share 3.78 4.35 5.00 3.62 5.21
11. TOTAL TRADE 19,078.04 24,161.14 25,618.34 15,786.09 34,330.33
12. %Growth 26.64 6.03 -38.38 117.47
13. India’s Total Trade 769,107.15 844,156.51 788,070.32 686,244.36 1,035,056.45
14. %Growth 9.76 -6.64 -12.92 50.83
15. %Share 2.48 2.86 3.25 2.30 3.32
16. TRADE BALANCE -16,153.58 -20,583.81 -21,862.01 -12,788.12 -29,523.78
17. India’s Trade Balance -162,054.83 -184,000.33 -161,348.24 -102,627.40 -191,047.65

National Investment Commission

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National Investment Commission Baghdad- Iraq

Embassy of India, Baghdad

00-964 7704439706

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Building No.22, Street No. 16,
Mohalla No. 609, Al Mansour District

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Second Secretary (Commerce / HOC)

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P.A. (Commerce)


Agricultural exports

    Meat of bovine animals, frozen (excl. of 0202.10), bone-in (020220)
    Meat of fowls of species Gallus domesticus, not cut in pieces, frozen (020712)


    Rolled/flaked grains of cereals other than oats (110419)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)
    Wheat other than durum wheat; meslin (100190)


    Fresh (unripened/uncured) cheese, incl. whey cheese, & curd (040610)
    Milk & cream, concentrated (excl. in powder), unsweetened (040291)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, fat content by wt. not >1.5% (040210)


    Tomatoes, fresh/chilled (070200)
    Watermelons, fresh (080711)

Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Foreign workers contribute heavily in Iraq, especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The other sectors drawing foreign workers include healthcare, education, telecoms, among others.

With the lifting of the Government of India advisory against travel of Indians to Iraq which was in vogue from 2004 till mid 2010, the number of Indian workers had steadily increased in the more developed and peaceful Kurdistan region, with better salaries and working conditions in steel mills, oil companies and construction projects. The number of Indians in Iraq is estimated to be around 18007.

More Info:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of IRAQ

    Public and private infrastructure building, maintenance

    Following prolonged geo-political conflict, the nation is rebuilding its infrastructure that has offered opportunities. Construction of civic infrastructure and connectivity projects has largely been supported by foreign workers at different levels in Iraq.

    Ministry of Construction and HousingVisa types

    Tax, accounting, banking, insurance, audit and other financial services

    The financial services sector in Iraq has seen rising activity owing to increasing digitisation that has bolstered financial inclusion. Financial services in Iraq are supported by foreign workers at different capacities.

    Iraqi Ministry of FinanceCentral Bank of IraqVisa types

    Doctors, nurses, radiologists, lab technicians

    Iraq Government is investing 5-7% of the national GDP in strengthening the health sector. Iraq attracts large number of healthcare workers ranging from doctors to nurses and lab technicians.

    Ministry of HealthKimadiaVisa types

    Software, hardware, new technology in telecoms and communications

    Following prolonged geo-political conflict, the nation is inviting experts to build strong a technology and communications sector to best serve the future. The IT and ICT infrastructure in Iraq has been set up and is supported by foreign workers.

    Ministry of Communications of IraqVisa types

    Automobile to food products production

    The Industrial sector is seen as one of the most prominent components of Iraq’s non- oil economy. The manufacturing industry in Iraq, covering a range of products, draws foreign manpower.

    Ministry of Industry and MineralsMinistry of TransportationVisa types

    Upstream oil and gas sector staffing

    There are 115 billion barrels of proven oil reserves in Iraq, with experts estimating that there may be an additional 45 to 215 billion barrels of probable and possible reserves. Iraq’s oil and gas exploration sector is a major employer and strength for the economy.

    Oil and Gas SectorVisa types

    Faculty positions up to uninversity

    Iraq is one of the most important countries that gave special attention to education system since the mid twentieth century, as it owns many reliable universities which are listed among the best ones in the Arab region. The education sector in Iraq, ranging from schools to universities draws foreign teaching staff from different disciplines.

    Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific ResearchMinistry of EducationVisa types

Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Iraq
  • Crude oil
  • Organic chemicals
  • Sulphur
  • Raw wool
India's top export to Iraq
  • Agro chemicals
  • Rubber manufactured products
  • Paints
  • Gems and jewellery
  • Transport equipment
  • Electronic goods
  • Cereals
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Garments
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Iron & Steel
  • Meat and meat products
  • Handicrafts
  • Sugar

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