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Ministry of Trade Grants Additional Time for Submission of Certificate of Origin – October 2020

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International Commercial and Trade

Recent Development

The Ministry of Trade introduced amendments to the Customs Regulation (“Regulation“). The amendments were published in the Official Gazette No. 31280 on October 20, 2020. According to the amendments, traders will have until April 20, 2021 to submit certificates of origin for goods with customs declarations registered before October 20, 2020.

What’s New?

Pursuant to the new regulation introduced to the Provisional Article 16 of the Regulation titled “Transition terms regarding late submission of documents certifying the origin of goods”, traders should be able to submit an adequate certificate of origin proving the origin of goods within six months from the date of publication of the new regulation (i.e. October 20, 2020) if

  • a customs declaration pertaining to goods is registered before October 20, 2020; and
  • the customs authority identified that, although there is no certificate of origin attached to the declaration,

the relevant financial obligations, such as additional financial obligations concerning customs operations, were not paid, not fully paid or were not declared.


With the introduction of the new regulation, traders will have until April 20, 2021 to submit a certificate of origin for their goods whose customs declarations were registered before October 20, 2020 but that for various reasons they were unable to submit the certificate during the initial customs procedures, resulting in the customs authority identifying that they did not fulfill or wholly fulfill the origin-based trade policy measures or additional financial obligations necessary for these goods.

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