Turkey has ratified a World Trade Organization ("WTO")
agreement establishing an international framework to reduce trade
costs. Two thirds of WTO members must complete domestic
ratification before the framework will enter into effect.
Turkey ratified the Protocol Amending the Marrakesh Agreement
Establishing the World Trade Organization ("Protocol")
and the Agreement on Trade Facilitation ("Agreement") via
Council of Ministers Decision number 2016/8570, published in
Official Gazette number 29644 on 5 March 2016.
The Agreement aims to minimize formalities, as well as
facilitate and harmonize transactions and procedures which goods
are subject to, from productions through to consumers. It
particularly focuses on customs duties. The Agreement aims to
develop foreign trade infrastructure and strengthen logistics
infrastructure via information technologies and automatization.
The Agreement includes the following scope:
Section I outlines provisions to
expedite movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods
in transit. It also sets out provisions for customs
Section II outlines provisions which
allow developing and least-developed countries to determine when
they will implement individual Agreement provisions, as well as
identify provisions which these countries will only be able to
implement with technical assistance and support for capacity
Section III establishes a permanent
WTO committee on trade facilitation and requires members to have a
national committee to facilitate the Agreement's domestic
coordination and implementation.
Please see this link for the full text of the
ratification decision (only available in Turkish), as well as full
texts of the Protocol and Agreement (both in Turkish and
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