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The Ministry of Trade Announces New Customs Guidelines

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International Commercial and Trade

On November 16, 2019, the Ministry of Trade (“Ministry“) announced the launch of the Customs Guidelines (“Guidelines“). The Guidelines aim to provide guidance and inform individuals and companies of customs procedures.

What’s New?

The Guidelines are for individuals wishing to carry out customs procedures for their personal belongings and for companies involved in international trade. Accordingly, the Guidelines consist of two sections: “individual transactions” and “commercial transactions”. The “individual transactions” section provides fundamental information on customs procedures and customs exemptions for goods such as vehicles imported without returns; temporarily imported vehicles; goods delivered through mail or fast cargo; special vehicles for disabled persons; household goods; and cash and jewelry. The “commercial transactions” section provides information on the customs rules; customs operations; taxation of commodities; and temporary storage of goods in relation to export and import procedures.

The Guidelines are available here (in Turkish).


The Ministry of Trade continues to take active steps to increase the efficiency and ease of customs operations. Accordingly, the Ministry’s Guidelines contain simple and comprehensive instructions not only for companies importing/exporting goods but also individuals and their personal belongings.