The Turkish Ministry of Finance has issued a range of
("Communiqués") regarding product
safety and compliance inspections for technical import regulations.
The 23 Communiqué's include tobacco products, scrap
metals, batteries and accumulators, controlled chemicals for
environmental protection, building materials, medical devices,
products subjected to special permission from the Ministry of
Health, toys, as well as food and agricultural products imported
from Japan. These were published pursuant to the Council of
Ministers' Decree regarding Technical Regulations Regime number
2013/4284, dated 28 January 2013. The Communiqués were
published in Official Gazette number 29579 on 31 December 2015.
The purposes of the Communiqués include:
Ensuring products involved in foreign
trade are compliant with technical and safety regulations.
Adapting and implementing technical
regulations in accordance with foreign trade, as well as conduct
inspections of imports and exports
Establishing procedures and
principles for determining institutions to conduct inspections and
prevent import and export of non-compliant or unsafe products
Coordinating legislation, policies
and practices regarding technical regulations, product safety and
inspection, as well as ensure these meet international
Importing some products requires permission from official
authorities, whereas other products require a certificate of
The Risk Based Control System in Foreign Trade
("TAREKS") has been established. TAREKS
is an online application which supports inspection, compliance and
permission procedures for imports.
The Communiqués stipulate that the sanctions under
relevant laws will apply for failures to comply. The upper and
lower limits of administrative fines are outlined in the Law on
Preparation and Implementation of Technical Legislation of Products
Number. 4703. The Law numbered 2016/13 adjusts these limits, taking
into account the recently announced 5.58% revaluation rate, issued
under the Tax Procedure Law (more information).
Please see this link for the full text of the
Communiqués (only available in Turkish).
Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal
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