The trade exchange in the past six months via Haji Omran border point has increased 50% as compared to the same duration in 2011, director for the border point said. The increase is related to a change in the working schedule, said Massoud Bateli; the working hour was extended from early evening till 10.00 p.m.
The official did not provide any statistics for comparison.
Bateli explained the trade exchange was more for imported material and foodstuff because the Kurdistan Region has limited local products.
Haji Omran border post, 147km north east of Erbil, was announced an international border passage by the Iraqi government in April 2008.