Amendments to the Anti-Smuggling Law Grand
National Assembly of Turkey has approved a Law on June 18th, 2014,
which makes amendments on Turkish Criminal Code and Other Certain
Laws ("Law numbered 6545"). According to
the mentioned law several provisions of the Anti-Smuggling Law
numbered 5607 and dated March 21st, 2007
("Anti-Smuggling Law") have changed.
Anti-Smuggling Law has the purpose of preventing the acts and the
sanctions of the illegal trading, to follow, to determine the
principles and methods.
However, please note that the changes will enter into force
following the approval of the President of Turkey and finally being
published on the Official Gazette. It is indicated at the article
104 of the Law numbered 6546 that the amendments will be effective
beginning of the day the law published on the Official Gazette.
As per article 89 of the Law numbered 6545 following articles of
the Anti-Smuggling Law are changed:
Paragraphs 2 between 6, 8 between 11 and 18 of article 3 are
Paragraphs 19 and 20 of article 3 are repealed,
A new paragraph is added to article 3 as paragraph 22.
As indicated above all the changes are made at the paragraphs of
article 3 of the Anti- Smuggling Law, which is entitled as
"Crimes and Misdemeanors".
The greater part of the amendments is changing the lower and
upper limits of the penalties stipulated at the concerned article.
In general, the lower limits are doubled and the upper limits are
increased by fifty per cent. While the provisions concerning the
penalties are changed there are situations that i) the lower limit
is increased and the upper limit has not changed, ii) lower and
upper limits are not changed.
Paragraph 19 of article 3 was regulating the penalties for using
counterfeit banderol, etiquette, hologram and similar items on the
packaging of alcoholic drinks, and paragraph 20 was regulating the
penalties for having difference between the banderol, etiquette,
hologram and the labels containing the product information.
Additionally the new provision paragraph 22 of the article 3
stipulates that the penalty shall be increased between half and
double in the event the product subject to the crimes at the
relevant paragraph has an excessive price.
As indicated above; paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and
18 of article 3 of the Anti- Smuggling Law are changed in order to
increase the penalties for crimes regulated within these paragraphs
and also there have been minor changes (e.g. wording) on the
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