ANNOUNCEMENT 13 Jun 2018
On 13 June 2018, the Turkish Ministry of Trade issued a licensing requirement on the imports of parts of lifts and/or escalators.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Official Gazette of Turkey, (13.6.2018) İthalatta Gözetim Uygulamasına İlişkin Tebliğ (Tebliğ No: 2018/10). [Communique on Import Surveillance No. 2018/10]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2018/06/20180613-10.htm
On 13 June 2018, the Turkish Ministry of Trade issued a Communiqué (2018/10) introducing import licensing requirements on parts of lifts and/or escalators if the price is equal or below the price thresholds specified in the Communique. The subject goods are classified in the Turkish Customs Schedule under the customs tariff codes 8431.31.00.00.11, 8431.31.00.00.12, and 8431.31.00.00.19.
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. In other words, if the value of imports is above the said threshold, a surveillance certificate is not required. On the imports of parts of lifts and/or escalators, the price thresholds are USD 1, USD 4 and USD 25 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. As part of the licensing procedures, the government requires detailed information regarding the economic indicators and cost structure of the product and requires the approval of the accuracy of this content by an official body in the respective country. Furthermore, the Turkish government also reserves its rights to request additional information from the importer. 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.
On 14 March 2020, the government of Turkey revised the licensing requirement on imports of elevator guide rails (see related state act).
On 7 June 2020, the Turkish government increased the price threshold of the licensing requirement on certain parts of lifts and/or escalators from USD 4 per kilogram to USD 6 per kilogram (see related state act).