ANNOUNCEMENT 08 May 2020
On 8 May 2020, the Turkish Ministry of Trade issued a licensing requirement on the imports of mobile phones.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Official Gazette of Turkey, (8.5.2020) İthalatta Gözetim Uygulamasına İlişkin Tebliğ (Tebliğ No: 2020/6). [Communique on Import Surveillance No. 2020/6]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/05/20200508-9.htm
On 8 May 2020, the Turkish Ministry of Trade issued a Communiqué (2020/6) introducing import licensing requirements on telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks (mobile phones) if the price is equal or below USD 200 per piece. The subject good is classified in the Turkish Customs Schedule under the customs tariff code 8517.12.00.0011.
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. In other words, if the value of imports is above the said threshold, a surveillance certificate is not required. On the imports of mobile phones, the price threshold is, as mentioned USD 200 per piece.
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 enters into force on the announcement date.