ANNOUNCEMENT 26 Mar 2020

On 26 March 2020, the government of Turkey introduced a permission requirement on the export of certain medical equipment and devices namely ventilators, intubation tubes, oxygen concentrators, etc.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Gazette of Turkey, (26.3.2020), “İhracı Yasak ve Ön İzne Bağlı Mallara İlişkin Tebliğ’de Değişiklik Yapılması Hakkında Tebliğ (No. 2020/6)”, [Communiqué amending the Communiqué on Prohibited and Pre-Permitted Goods (No. 2020/6). Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/03/20200326-13.htm

TRT News, state-owned news agency, (26.3.2020), "Solunum cihazlarının ihracatı ön izne bağlandı", [The government imposed permission requirement for the exports of ventilators]. Available at: https://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem/solunum-cihazlarinin-ihracati-on-izne-baglandi-470235.html

Inception date: 26 Mar 2020 | Removal date: 01 May 2020

Export licensing requirement

On 26 March 2020, the government of Turkey imposed a permit requirement on the exports of certain medical equipment and devices that are used to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. More specifically, for the products listed below, the Turkish government introduced a permission requirement:

Ventilators under the customs tariff code 9019.20.99.00.18, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (Ecmo) machines under the customs tariff code 9018.90.84.00.19, oxygen concentrators under the customs tariff code 9019.20.00.00.18, ventilation equipment namely flow sensors (9019.20 and 9026), expiration valves (8481, 9019.20), oxygen sensors (9027.10), and ventilator circuits (9019.20), anesthesia/ventilator circuits under the customs tariff code 9018.90.60.00.00, IV cannulas under the customs tariff code 9018.39, intubation tubes under the customs tariff code 9018 and 9019 intensive care monitors under the customs tariff code 9018.19.10.00.00 

The decision is taken through an amendment of the Communiqué (No. 96/31) on goods whose exports are prohibited or subject to preliminary authorization.  According to the communique, those who want to export the products listed in the Communique are required to apply for an export permit to the related public authority specified in the communique. Concerning the above-mentioned products, the authorized public institution is the Ministry of Health.

Concerning the decision, the Minister of Trade stated that: “The regulation is introduced in order to prevent any disruption in health services, to use the available production capacity effectively and to meet the domestic needs for certain medical devices” (authors own translation”).

Previously on 4 March 2020 and 18 March 2020, the Turkish government imposed permission requirement on the export of certain medical equipment like medical masks and gloves and certain disinfectants (see related state acts).

On 2 May 2020, the government of Turkey, eliminated the export permission requirement imposed on certain medical devices and equipment (see related state act).

AFFECTED SECTORS