On 15 June 2019, the Turkish Ministry of Trade issued a licensing requirement on the imports of self-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil, tape, strip and other flat shapes, of plastics.



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Official Gazette of Turkey, (15.06.2019) İthalatta Gözetim Uygulamasına İlişkin Tebliğ (Tebliğ No: 2019/2). [Communique on Import Surveillance No. 2019/2]. Available at:

Inception date: 15 Jul 2019 | Removal date: open ended

Import licensing requirement

On 15 June 2019, the Turkish Ministry of Trade issued the Communique No. 2019/2 introducing import licensing requirements on self-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil, tape, strip, and other flat shapes, of plastics if the value is equal or below the price thresholds specified in the surveillance Communique. The subject goods are classified in the Turkish Customs Tariff Schedule under the customs tariff codes 3919., 3919., 3919., and 3919.

According to the Communique No. 2019/2, 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. On the imports of subject goods, the price thresholds are USD 3 per kilogram and USD 3.5 per kilogram.

In general, 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 15 July 2019.

On 7 June 2020, the Turkish government revised the licensing requirement (see related state act).