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Import Control System in Turkey (Communiqués on Standardization for Foreign Trade)

Import control system under the Regime on Technical Regulations and Standardization for Foreign Trade in Turkey has been subject to modifications since 2004 with the aim of harmonization of the European Union (EU) technical legislation.

In this regard, the "Decree of Council of Ministers on the Regime on Technical Regulations and Standardization For Foreign Trade” and the legislation published based on the mentioned Decree was reviewed in order to enable the relevant EU legislation to be implemented in Turkey at the import stage.

On the other hand, after the transposition of relevant product-specific EU directives into Turkey's legal order, Turkey started to perform import checks of certain product groups such as toys and personal protective equipments, machinery, low voltage equipment, pressure equipments according to the rules applicable in the new system.

Furthermore, all products on the market no matter whether they are imported or not, are subject to market surveillance activities executed by responsible public authorities. As a result of these activities, products bearing serious risks should be withdrawn from the market.

Communiqué on Import of Products Subject to Conformity Control Carried out by Turkish Standards Institute (2010/1)

Certain industrial products in the non-harmonized area which are subject to mandatory standards in the domestic market are checked against the same standards at the import stage by Turkish Standards Institute (TSE). The number of standards in the communiqué is 90 in 2010. The objective is to provide minimum health, safety and protection of the environment and adequate information for the consumer. If the importer declares that the product is in conformity with the relevant international (ISO, CEN, IEC, CENELEC, ETSI) standards, then the product could be checked, upon request, against such standards instead of Turkish standard.

Communiqué on Import of Produces Controlled by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors (2010/2)

Such agricultural products as fresh fruits and vegetables, dry and dried fruits, legumes and vegetable oils, which fall under approximately 70 standards, are subject to import controls for commercial quality purposes. Inspections are carried out by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors, employed in the Regional branches of the Undersecretariat.

Communiqué on Import of Wastes Subject to Control for Environmental Protection Purposes (2010/3)

Wastes importers shall obtain a Control Certificate issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry. The Communiqué also includes the list of wastes whose imports are prohibited under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.  In order to obtain the Control Certificate, the importer shall submit to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry some documents such as the certificate of analysis, certificate of radiation prior to importation.

Communiqué on Import of Products Subject to Special Permit of Ministry of Health (2010/4)

Import of psychotropic substances is subject to control of the Ministry of Health in line with international rules and agreements governing such substances.

Communiqué on Import of Products Subject to Control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (2010/5)

Import of certain goods such as foodstuffs, agricultural and animal products and veterinary products is subject to control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Communiqué on Import of Chemicals Subject to Control  for Environmental Protection Purposes (2010/6)

Importers of chemical products listed in the Annexes of the Communiqué shall obtain, from the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, either a Control Certificate or an Import Certificate of Chemical Products, depending on the products. The Communiqué prohibits, on the other hand, import of certain chemicals.

Communiqué on Import of Fuels Subject to Control  for Environmental Protection Purposes (2010/7)

Importers of certain (solid) fuels, which are listed in the Annex of the Communiqué, shall obtain a Control Certificate from the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (2010/8)

Import of Products covered by the Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive (99/5/EC) is subject to documentary and CE marking controls, which are carried out by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors, employed in the Regional branches of the UFT. Products coming from the EU are not subject to control unless they are manufactured in a third country.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Certain Products Bearing the CE Marking (2010/9)

Imports of Machinery (2006/42/EC), low voltage equipment (2006/95/EC), pressure equipment/vessels (97/23/EC, 87/404/EEC, 99/36/EC), appliances burning gaseous fuels (90/396/EEC), lifts (95/16/EC), hot-water boilers (92/44/EEC), and electromagnetic compatibility (2004/108/EC) are subject to inspection by TSE. Controls are based document verification (such as such Declaration of Conformity) and CE. In rare cases TSE may ask technical files if it suspects the authenticity of the documents. Products coming from the EU are not subject to control unless they are manufactured in a third country.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Toys (2010/10)

Products covered by the Toys Safety Directive (93/68/EEC) are subject to documentary and CE marking controls, carried out by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors, employed in the Regional branches of UFT. Products coming from the EU are not subject to control unless they are manufactured in a third country.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Personal Protective Equipment (2010/11)

Products covered by Personal Protective Equipment Directive (89/686/EEC) are subject to document and CE marking controls, carried out by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors, employed in the Regional branches of UFT. Products coming from the EU are not subject to control unless they are manufactured in a third country.

Communiqué on the Principles of Notification of Imports of Cosmetics (2010/12)

Importer of a finished cosmetics product has to notify it to the Ministry of Health when the product is to be placed on the market for the first time. As in the case of Cosmetics Directive of the EU, raw materials and semi-finished products are exempted from notification.

Communiqué  Regulating the Principles of Notification of Imports of Detergents (2009/13)

The communiqués is abolished in 2010.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Construction Products (2010/14)

Products covered by Directive (89/106/EEC) are subject to documentary and CE marking controls, carried out by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors, employed in the Regional branches of UFT. Products coming from the EU are not subject to control unless they are manufactured in a third country.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Batteries and Accumulators (2010/15)

Batteries and accumulators are subject to document and marking controls for recycling  purposes.

Communiqué on Import Controls of Medical Devices (2010/16)

Products covered by Directives (90/385/EEC, 93/42/EEC and 98/79/EC) are subject to documentary and CE marking  controls, carried out by Foreign Trade Standardization Inspectors, employed in the Regional branches of UFT. Products coming from the EU are not subject to control unless they are manufactured in a third country.

Communiqué on Import of Articles for Culture of Forest (2010/17)

Import of articles for the culture of forest, which are listed in the annex of this communiqué, is subject to documentary control by the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Communiqué on Import Controls of Fuel Products (2010/18)

The communiqué lays down the procedures for conformity control of fuel products at the import stage, which are carried out by TSE according to technical regulations published by Energy Market Regulatory Authority.

Communiqué on Import of  Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages (2010/19)

Importers of tobacco and tobacco products shall obtain a Certificate of Conformity from the Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages Market Regulation Authority. The communiqué also lays down notification procedures for imports of alcoholic beverages.

Communiqué on Import of Certain Products Subject to Control of Ministry of Health (2010/20)

Import of certain goods such as pharmaceutical products, medicines, and some chemicals is subject to control of the Ministry of Health.

Communiqué on Import of Metal Scraps Subject to Control for Environmental Protection Purposes (2010/23)

Importers of metal scraps shall obtain a Control Certificate from the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry.

Updated On: 26/03/2010


Original article from Undersecretariat of the Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade

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