On 15 March 2022, the Presidential Decree Amending the Decree on the Implementation of Certain Articles of the Customs Law No. 4458 was published in the Official Gazette. The Decree introduced notable amendments to the customs duty rates of certain product groups imported via mail, cargo or along with passengers. The amendments will enter into force on 1 May 2022.
The amendments in the Turkish merger control regime (i) increase the turnover thresholds for notifiability, (ii) bring an exception to the turnover thresholds applicable to the acquisition of technology companies, (iii) change the turnover calculation methodology for certain types of undertakings, and (iv) update the template notification form. The amendments are set to enter into force on 4 May 2022.
On 26 February 2022, the Turkish Ministry of Trade introduced various changes regarding the control and inspection of certain imported goods, which are effective immediately.
Turkey’s latest measure to tax the digital economy was the introduction of the DST, effective as of March 2020. Turkey’s 7.5% DST covers digital service providers exceeding a global revenue threshold of EUR 750 million and local revenue of TRY 20 million. The tax is mainly applicable to revenue generated from online advertising services, digital content sales/services and digital platform services.
This post in the Baker McKenzie Import and Trade Remedies Blog outlines recent customs developments in Turkey. The developments include: the amendment to the Customs Regulations on 30 December 2021, the ratification of the Decision of the EU-Common Transit Countries (CTC) Joint Committee amending the Convention on the Common Transit Procedure, the amendment of the Turkish Import Regime Decision and the Decision Regarding the Application of Additional Customs Duty on Imports, amendment to the Decision Regarding the Application of Additional Customs Duty on Imports, and new communiqués published for 2022.
On 5 November 2021, Turkish Ministry of Trade amended the Customs Regulation. The amendments specify the cases where proof of origin is not required and introduce additional period for the subsequent submission of documents evidencing the origin of the goods.
On September 24, 2021 Turkish Ministry of Trade amended the Customs Regulation (“Regulation“). The amendments to the Regulation introduced a simplified procedure of “permitted consignor authorization” for transit regimes and clarified the scope of the crimes relevant persons must not have a final conviction of to open a temporary storage site or a bonded warehouse. The Ministry of Trade also regulated the transition process regarding permitted consignor authorization and site authorizations granted prior to the subject amendment within the scope of the Regulation on Facilitation of Customs Procedures.
On June 16, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a final rule [CBP Dec. 21-09] that amends the CBP regulations to reflect the imposition of import restrictions on certain categories of archaeological and ethnological material from the Republic of Turkey (Turkey).
The Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Authority (TİTCK) published a critical announcement covering the topic of new practices for the registration and evaluation process of medical devices post-Brexit.
The Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Authority (TİTCK) published two announcements covering critical topics on certain procedures concerning the Product Tracking System (ÜTS).