ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Mar 2020

On 25 March 2020, the government of Turkey lifted the import duties on ethyl alcohol provided that the imported product is used in the production of cologne and disinfectants.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Gazette of Turkey, (25.3.2020), “İthalat Rejimi Kararına Ek Karar”, [Amendment in the Decree on Import Regime]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/03/20200325-4.pdf

Inception date: 25 Mar 2020 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 25 March 2020, the government of Turkey lifted the import duties on ethyl alcohol provided that the imported product is used in the production of cologne and disinfectants. In the case of the importation of the ethyl alcohol for other purposes, 10% import duties will be applied. Ethyl alcohol is classified in the Turkish Customs Schedule under the customs tariff code 2207.20.00.10.13. The decision is taken through a revision in the list of the products subject to discounted customs duties within the scope of the end-use legislation.

The decision of abolishing the import duties on ethyl alcohol is taken as a measure to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. Previously, on 18 March 2020, the government imposed limitation on the exports of ethyl alcohol for this same purpose.

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Inception date: 25 Mar 2020 | Removal date: open ended

Tax or social insurance relief

On 25 March 2020, the Turkish government abolished the import duties on ethyl alcohol as long as the imported ethyl alcohol is used in the production of cologne and disinfectants. The decision is taken through a revision in the list of the products subject to discounted customs duties within the scope of the end-use legislation. The importation of ethyl alcohol is subject to 10% import duties for the purpose of other than the production of cologne and disinfectants.

The decision of abolishing the import duties on ethyl alcohol is taken as a measure to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, on 18 March 2020, the government imposed limitation on the exports of ethyl alcohol for this same purpose.