Iraq Signs $470 Million Deal For Swedish Trucks

Trucks to be assembled in country.

Swedish truck manufacturer Scania said on Monday it has signed a $470-million deal to supply 4,000 vehicles to Iraq over the next five years.

The three-billion kronor agreement with the Iraqi ministry of industry will see the trucks themselves assembled in Iskandariyah, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Baghdad.

"This agreement is an important step in our continued cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Mining," said Klas Dahlberg, a senior Scania Middle East sales executive, in a company statement.

The latest deal follows a 2009 agreement to deliver 500 Scania trucks, with the Swedish firm noting that Iraq had been one of its largest markets in the early 1980s, with 3,900 trucks sold in 1981 alone.

Copyright by Agence France-Presse, 2011

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