ANNOUNCEMENT 21 Mar 2020
On 21 March 2020, the government of Turkey terminated the import licensing requirement on the safety glass used in motor vehicles.
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Official Gazette of Turkey, (21.3.2020) İthalatta Gözetim Uygulamasına İlişkin Tebliğ (Tebliğ No: 2020/1)’da Değişiklik Yapılmasına Dair Tebliğ. [Amendment Communique on Import Surveillance No. 2020/1]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/03/20200321-6.htm
On 21 March 2020, the government of Turkey revised the licensing requirement (2020/1) on imports of safety glass of size and shape suitable for incorporation in motor vehicles classified under the tariff subheadings 7007.11.10 and 7007.21.20. With the revision, the subject products are excluded from the licensing requirement. Previously, these products were subject to licensing requirement if the import price is equal or below USD 0.70 kg (see related state act).
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.
Turkey has a competitive automobile manufacturing industry and safety glass is an important input for the industry. It is argued that the safety glass used in automobiles is excluded from the licensing requirement due to demands from the automobile industry.
The communique enters into force on the announcement date.