ANNOUNCEMENT 14 Mar 2020
On 14 March 2020, the government of Turkey revised the licensing requirement on imports of elevator guide rails.
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Official Gazette of Turkey, (14.3.2020) İthalatta Gözetim Uygulamasına İlişkin Tebliğ (Tebliğ No: 2018/10)’da Değişiklik Yapılmasına Dair Tebliğ. [Amendment Communique on Import Surveillance No. 2018/10]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/03/20200314-7.htm
On 14 March 2020, the government of Turkey revised the licensing requirement (2018/10) on imports of elevator guide rails classified in the Turkish Customs Tariff Schedule under the customs tariff code 8431.31.00.00.12. With the revision, the price threshold of the licensing requirement is increased from USD 1 per kg to USD 2 per kg (see related state act).
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 this decree being issued, on the imports of elevator guide rails, the price threshold is, as mentioned, increased to USD 2 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 will enter into force on 13 April 2020.