ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Nov 2017
On 22 November 2017, the government of Turkey announced imposing temporary additional import duties on air conditioners originating in Thailand.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Official Gazette of Turkey, Decree of Council of Ministers on Import Regime. Ithalat Rejimine Ek Karar No. 2017/10798. Available at: http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2017/11/20171122-3.pdf
On 22 November 2017, the government of Turkey announced imposing temporary additional import duties on air conditioners originating in Thailand classified in the Turkish Customs Schedule under the customs tariff codes 8415.10.10.00.00 and 8415.10.90.00.00 through an explanatory note in the Decree on Import Regime. According to the explanatory note, the Turkish government imposed 9.27 percent additional duty on the imports of air conditioners from Thailand effective from 5 September 2017 until 4 September 2020. Previously the import duties on air conditioners were 2.2 percent and 2.7 percent against Thailand.
The additional duty was imposed as retaliation to Thailand’s safeguard measure on non-alloy hot rolled steel flat products in coils and not in coils. On 3 August 2017, Turkey notified to the Council for Trade in Goods regarding the suspension of concessions and other obligations referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 8 of the WTO Agreement on Safeguards consisting of an increase in import duty of air-conditioning machine originating in Thailand.
On 10 December 2018, Thailand initiated a WTO dispute complaint against Turkish duties on air conditioners and requested WTO dispute consultations with Turkey concerning the additional duty imposed by Turkey on imported air conditioners from Thailand. The consultations between Thailand and Turkey have failed to settle the dispute and on 11 April 2019, a panel was established.