Ensuring Access in a Complex Operating Environment

09 October 2017
Humanitarian Logistics in Iraq

As a preparedness measure and in order to strengthen the integrity of the humanitarian supply chain in Iraq, the Logistics Cluster team has been compiling key information on critical border crossing points and international ports.

The supply chain for the overall humanitarian response in Iraq relies almost exclusively on the Ibrahim Khalil border with Turkey. With the operating environment often changing, access being a key concern, and territories being controlled by a number of different authorities, maintaining accurate information on border points is paramount.

Over the past three months, the Logistics Cluster has conducted assessments to the Fishkhabur border with Syria, the Haji Omran border with Iran, and most recently the Ibrahim Khalil border with Turkey.
Logistics Cluster staff used these opportunities to talk with the border authorities, build a more thorough understanding of the current usage and capacities, and update the details on the Logistics Capacity Assessment platform. In addition to these site assessments, the cluster has been closely liaising with relevant authorities and agencies on the recently opened overland borders with Jordon (Trebil) and Saudi Arabia (Arar).

This week the Logistics Cluster and WFP are also conducting a comprehensive assessment of the Um Qasr seaport in southern Iraq. This port is heavily used by the commercial industry, but has not been utilized by humanitarians for a number of years. The findings of this mission will be used to identify the main constraints to be addressed in order for the port to be a more reliable entry point for humanitarian partners.