Turkey: Tariff increase for livestock and meat imports
A Turkish government decision to raise tariffs on imports of livestock and meat took effect on October 30, 2012 after publication in the Official Gazette (Decree no. 2012/3758). The tariff on imports of cows weighing more than 400 kilograms (882 pounds) and lambs younger than 12 months was increased from 30 to 40 per cent. The tax to be applied for the importation of meat, likewise, was increased to 100 per cent from an earlier 70 per cent.
By virtue of the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement of December 22, 1995, the tariffs do not apply to products from EU member states.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 30 Oct 2012
GTA Evaluation: Red
Resmi Gazete Oct. 30, 2012, Decree no. 2012/3758 (in Turkish): http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/main.aspx?home=http://www.resmigazete.gov....
News article in English: http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=296599