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Ministry of Trade Grants Additional Time for Submission of Certificate of Origin – February 2021

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Recent Development

The Ministry of Trade introduced amendments to the Customs Regulation (“Regulation“). The amendments were published in the Official Gazette No. 31394 on February 13, 2021. According to the amendments, traders will have until June 30, 2021 to submit certificates of origin and supplier declarations for goods with customs declarations registered before February 13, 2021, and postal administrations will be able to submit the exit declarations for postal shipments to the customs authorities.

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 or supplier declaration until June 30, 2021 if:

  • a customs declaration pertaining to goods is registered before February 13, 2021; and
  • the customs authority identified that, although there is no certificate of origin or supplier declaration attached to the declaration, the relevant financial obligations, such as commercial policy measures, additional customs duty or additional financial obligations concerning customs operations, were not paid, not fully paid or were not declared.

In addition, for postal shipments declared electronically by the postal administration as the indirect representative, postal administrations can now submit exit declarations to the customs authority by obtaining the necessary information from the carrier. In this respect, the Ministry of Trade aims to prevent issues concerning the completion of electronic declaration procedures for the exit of postal shipments.

Conclusion

With the introduction of the new regulation, traders will have until June 30, 2021 to submit a certificate of origin or supplier declaration for their goods whose customs declarations were registered before February 13, 2021; and postal administrations will be able to submit exit declarations.

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