ANNOUNCEMENT 10 Jul 2021
In July 2021, the Turkish government abolished the import ban on plastic waste and imposed an import licensing requirement on the subject product.
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Official Gazette of Turkey, “Çevrenin Korunması Yönünden Kontrol Altında Tutulan Atıkların İthalat Denetimi Tebliği (Ürün Güvenliği ve Denetimi: 2021/3)’nde Değişiklik Yapılmasına Dair Tebliğ (Ürün Güvenliği ve Denetimi: 2021/33)”, [Communiqué Amending the Communiqué (Product Safety and Control: 2021/3) on Import Control of Waste (Product Safety and Control: 2021/36)]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2021/07/20210710-28.htm
On 10 July 2021, the Turkish Ministry of Trade announced introducing an import licensing requirement on plastic waste, parings, and scrap of polymers of ethylene. Subject good is classified in the Turkish Customs Tariff Schedule under the customs tariff code 3915.10.00.00.00. The decision is taken through an amendment in the communique on import control of waste for the protection of the environment.
Previously, the Turkish government imposed an import ban on the subject product due to allegations in a Greenpeace report that plastic waste being import to Turkey from the UK is illegally dumped and burned (see related state act). Following the criticisms from the industry, particularly from the Turkish Plastics Industrialists’ Association (PAGDER), the government revoked the import ban.