ANNOUNCEMENT 18 Mar 2020

On 18 March 2020, the government of Turkey imposed a licensing requirement on the exports of certain products that are used to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Gazette of Turkey, (18.3.2020), “İhracı Kayda Bağlı Mallara İlişkin Tebliğ’de Değişiklik Yapılması Hakkında Tebliğ (No. 2020/5)”, [Communiqué amending the Communiqué on goods subject to export licensing (No. 2020/4). Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/03/20200318-9.htm

Inception date: 18 Mar 2020 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Export licensing requirement

On 18 March 2020, the government of Turkey imposed a licensing requirement on the exports of certain products that are used to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. These goods are ethyl alcohol, cologne, certain disinfectants, hydrogen peroxide, and meltblown nonwoven fabric.

The decision is taken through an amendment of the Communiqué (No. 2020/5) on goods whose exports are subject to licensing requirements.  According to the communique, those who want to export the products listed in the Communique are required to apply for an export license from the Ministry of Trade. 

The export licensing procedure is not an automatic procedure and works like a permission requirement. Granting an export license is at the discretion of the Ministry of Trade. It is argued that the decision is taken to prevent any supply shortages of the products concerned.

Previously on 4 March 2020, the government of Turkey imposed a permission requirement on the exports of medical protective equipment (see related state act).

On 25 March 2020, the government of Turkey lifted the import duties on ethyl alcohol (see related state act). 

On 26 March 2020, the government of Turkey imposed a permission requirement on the exports of certain medical equipment and devices that are used to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic (see related state act).