Trade Compliance in Turkey

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
- Member of the BSEC (Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation - 1992)
- Member of the Euromed (Barcelona Process)
- Customs Union with the European Union (1996)
- Member of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC, 1997)

Multilateral and bilateral agreements with many countries.

Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
- The single administrative document (SAD) ;
- The commercial invoice;
- A phytosanitary certificate (for plants);
- A health certificate and a certificate of radioactive non-contamination (for meat);
- Form EUR1 or ATR ;
- Certificate of circulation (EX) ;
- Certificate of free sale for cosmetics;
- Transport documents and packing list.
Free Zones
In Turkey there are 20 free zones, 7 of which are in the region of Marmara. In spite of the reduction of various advantages granted to free zones over time, they still have many advantages (No Customs duties, exemption from the IS, no VAT, lower social security contributions...).
For Further Information
Undersecretariat of Customs
Ministry of Foreign Trade
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Non Tariff Barriers
Since January 1990, all imports have been free with exceptions for motives of protection of law and order, health or national security. Import administrative formalities have been considerable simplified since January 1 1990. The Common Commercial Policy has established quotas on the importing of textile products from third countries (Multifiber Agreements).

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce must give its agreement for the importing of all electric and automobile products.
The importing of pharmaceutical products and some cosmetic products is subject to the register of the Ministry of Health . In addition, the importing of some foodstuffs must be accompanied by a certificate of analysis. Presenting a phytosanitary certificate is obligatory for the importing of live animals and products from the animal or vegetable kingdom.
Importers of alcohol must obtain a certificate of import compliance issued by the TAPDK .

The importing of precious metal and stones is carried out only by banks with the authorization of the Central Bank ( Merkez Bankasi , decree No. 93/4143, March 21,1993).

Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Wines and spirits; textiles; glass; medicines and cosmetics.
Assessment of Commercial Policy
Country’s commercial policy, as seen by the WTO.
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the EU.
Sanitary and phytosanitary barriers, inventoried by the EU.
Find more on about Trade Policy in Turkey.

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