ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Oct 2021

In October 2021, the Turkish government lifted customs duty and MHF surcharge on sardines provided that they are imported for production of prepared or preserved fish.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

3

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 2 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Gazette of Turkey, “İthalat rejim kararında değişiklik yapılmasına dair karar, No 4635”, [Amendment in the Import Regime Decree No. 4635]. Available at: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2021/10/20211028-3.pdf

Inception date: 28 Oct 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 28 October 2021, the government of Turkey lifted the import duties on sardines (Sardina pilchardus, Sardinops spp.) provided that the imported product is used in the production of prepared or preserved fish. In the case of the importation of the sardines for other purposes, 30% import duties will be applied. Sardines are classified under the HS code 0303.53

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.

AFFECTED SECTORS

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
Inception date: 28 Oct 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Internal taxation of imports

On 28 October 2021, the Turkish government removed the Mass Housing Fund (MHF) surcharge on sardines (Sardina pilchardus, Sardinops spp.) provided that the imported product is used in the production of prepared or preserved fish. In the case of the importation of the sardines for other purposes, a 23% MHF surcharge will be applied. Sardines are classified under the HS code 0303.53

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.

MHF surcharge is a type of internal tax applied to imported products.

Inception date: 28 Oct 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Tax or social insurance relief

On 28 October 2021, the Turkish government abolished the import duties and Mass Housing Fund (MHF) surcharge on sardines as long as the imported sardines are used in the production of prepared or preserved fish classified under HS codes 1604.13 and 1604.20. 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 sardines is subject to 30% import duties and 23% MHF surcharge for purposes other than the production of prepared or preserved fish.