ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Sep 2019

On 3 September 2019, the Turkish Ministry of Trade made a revision in the licensing requirement on the imports of certain toys including tricycles, scooters, pedal cars, dolls, puzzles of all kinds etc.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Gazette of Turkey, Communique on Import Surveillance. İthalatta Gözetim Uygulamasına İlişkin Tebliğ (Tebliğ No: 2019/6). Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2019/09/20190903-5.htm

Inception date: 03 Sep 2019 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import licensing requirement

On 3 September 2019, the Turkish Ministry of Trade made a revision in the licensing requirement on the imports of certain toys classified under the tariff subheadings 9503.00, 9504.40, and 9505 through the Communique No 2019/6. The toys classified in these tariff subheadings can only be imported with a surveillance certificate issued by the Ministry of Trade as long as the customs value is below the price threshold specified in the communique. In other words, if the value of imports is above the said threshold, a surveillance certificate is not required. With the revision, the ministry abolished the previous surveillance communique No. 2007/5 on toys and reintroduced the same communique with the revised price thresholds. More specifically, the ministry decreased the price thresholds for the following products:

  • • For dolls' carriages from 15,000 USD per tonne to 5,000 USD per tonne,
    • For tricycles from 15,000 USD per tonne to 10,000 USD per tonne,
    • For scooters from 15,000 USD per tonne to 6,000 USD per tonne,
    • For others from 15,000 USD per tonne to 7,500 USD per tonne,
    • For electric trains, including tracks, signals and other accessories therefor from 10,000 USD per tonne to 8,000 USD per tonne,
    • For other construction sets and constructional toys of other materials other than plastics from 10,000 USD per tonne to 7,500 USD per tonne,
    • For toy musical instruments and apparatus from 10,000 USD per tonne to 8,000 USD per tonne,
    • For puzzles of wood from 10,000 USD per tonne to 5,000 USD per tonne,
    • For puzzles of other materials other than wood from 6,000 USD per tonne to 8,000 USD per tonne,
    • For other toys, put up in sets or outfits from 10,000 USD per tonne to 9,000 USD per tonne,
    • For other toys and models, incorporating a motor of wood from 10,000 USD per tonne to 8,000 USD per tonne,
    • For toy weapons from 15,000 USD per tonne to 8,000 USD per tonne,
    • For die-cast miniature models from 10,000 USD per tonne to 9,000 USD per tonne,
    • For other toys of plastic from 10,000 USD per tonne to 7,000 USD per tonne,
    • For other toys of other materials from 10,000 USD per tonne to 8,000 USD per tonne.

With the revision, the ministry reintroduced the same price threshold for the following products:

  • Battery operated cars,
  • Dolls,
  • Parts and accessories of dolls,
  • Other construction sets and constructional toys of plastic,
  • Other toys representing animals or non-human creatures,
  • Other toys and models, incorporating a motor of other materials other than wood,  
  • Portable interactive electronic education devices primarily designed for children
  • Playing cards,
  • Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles, including conjuring tricks and novelty jokes.

Turkey’s value-based surveillance system works like reference pricing or non-automatic licensing according to a number of WTO member states due to the licensing procedures. Importers may declare a higher customs value than the actual transaction value in order to complete the import operations to avoid said licensing procedures.

The communique enters into force on the announcement date.

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Inception date: 03 Sep 2019 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import licensing requirement

On 3 September 2019, the Turkish Ministry of Trade made a revision in the licensing requirement on stuffed toys representing animals or non-human creatures classified in the Turkish Customs Tariff Schedule under the customs tariff code 9503.00.41.00.00 through the Communique No 2019/6. According to the Communique, the importation can only be done with a surveillance certificate issued by the Ministry of Trade as long as the customs value is below the price threshold specified in the communique. In other words, if the value of imports is above the said threshold, a surveillance certificate is not required. With the revision, on the imports of stuffed toys representing animals or non-human creatures the price threshold is increased from 10,000 USD per tonne to 10,500 USD per tonne.