Turkish Trade Remedies – April 2017

Orçun Çetinkaya, LL.M. - May 9, 2017

The following article gives a summary of decrees by the Council of Ministers and communiqués by the Ministry of Economy regarding prevention of unfair competition in imports, made between 1 April 2017 and 30 April 2017.

Anti-dumping Duty Placed on Photovoltaic (Solar) Modules or Panels Imported from China

The Import General Directorate has imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of Photovoltaic (solar) modules or panels, imported from China under tariff code 8541.40.90.00.14. The duty entered into effect on being published in Official Gazette number 30025 on 1 April 2017.

Accordingly, anti-dumping duties now apply as follows:

Please see this link for full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

 

Procedures and Principles Introduced for Surveillance Applications Regarding Squash Seeds 

The Communiqué on Surveillance Application in Imports number 2017/5 (“Communiqué”) determined procedures and principles for surveillance applications launched into squash seeds, which are worth less than certain Unit Customs Values.

Qualifying goods can only be imported with a surveillance document issued by the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”).

To obtain the surveillance document, forms attached to the Communiqué must be completed and sent to the Ministry. Surveillance documents are valid for six months and cannot be transferred. Surveillance documents must be returned to the Ministry within ten business days after expiry.

A correction notice was subsequently published in Official Gazette number 30029 on 5 April 2017, regarding the effective date of the goods under the Communiqué. Accordingly, the Communiqué enters into effect by publishing for the goods in the “Squash Seed” with tariff code, and will become effective 30 days after publication for the goods in the “Others” category, with tariff code 1212.99.95.00.19.

Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué and this link for the full text of the relevant correction notice (only available in Turkish).

 

Procedures and Principles Introduced for Surveillance Applications Regarding Appetizers

The Communiqué on Surveillance Application in Imports number 2017/04 (“Communiqué”) determines procedures and principles for surveillance applications launched into appetizers which are worth less than certain Unit Customs Values.

The Communiqué was published in Official Gazette number 30029 on 5 April 2017, entering into effect on 5 May 2017.

Qualifying goods can only be imported with a surveillance document issued by the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”).

To obtain the surveillance document, forms attached to the Communiqué must be completed and sent to the Ministry. Surveillance documents are valid for six months and cannot be transferred. Surveillance documents must be returned to the Ministry within ten business days after expiry.

Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

 

Tariff Quotas Imposed on Wallpapers and Wall Coverings

Tariff quotas have been imposed on wallpaper and wall covering imports by the Council of Ministers’ Decree number 2017/9977 (“Decree”) published in Official Gazette number 30030, on 6 April 2017.

Tariff quotas determined by the Decree are:

Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Decree (only available in Turkish).

 

Procedures and Principles Introduced for Surveillance Applications of Ball Bearings

The Communiqué on Surveillance Application in Imports number 2017/1 (“Communiqué”) determines procedures and principles for surveillance applications launched into ball bearings which are worth less than certain Unit Customs Values.

The Communiqué was published in Official Gazette number 30035 on 11 April 2017, and will enter into effect on 10 May 2017.

Qualifying goods can only be imported with a surveillance document issued by the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”). To obtain the surveillance document, forms attached to the Communiqué must be completed and sent to the Ministry.

Surveillance documents are valid for six months and cannot be transferred. Surveillance documents must be returned to the Ministry within ten business days after expiry.

Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué and its annexes (only available in Turkish).

 

Procedures and Principles Introduced for Surveillance Applications of Steel Striped Radial Tyres

The Communiqué on Surveillance Application in Imports number 2017/2 (“Communiqué”) determines procedures and principles for surveillance applications launched into steel striped radial tires which are worth less than certain Unit Customs Values.

The Communiqué was published in Official Gazette number 30035 on 11 April 2017, entering into effect in the same date.

Qualifying goods can only be imported with a surveillance document issued by the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”). To obtain the surveillance document, forms and documents attached to the Communiqué must be completed and sent to the Ministry.

Surveillance documents are valid for six months and cannot be transferred. Surveillance documents must be returned to the Ministry within ten business days after expiry.

Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué and its annexes (only available in Turkish).

 

Safeguard Measure Investigation Launched Into Automobile Parts

A safeguard measure investigation has been launched into automobile parts by the Import General Directorate of the Ministry of the Economy via the Communiqué on Safeguard Measures in Imports number 2017/1, published in Official Gazette number 30030 on 6 April 2017.

The investigation was initiated on the grounds that the quantity of imports has increased significantly and importation of such goods is damaging domestic production. The investigation will be carried out by the General Directorate and completed within nine months.

A temporary duty of US $0.50 per kilogram will apply to imports for 200 days throughout the investigation.

Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

 

Safeguard Measure Investigation Launched Into Polyester Staple Fibre Imports from Iran

At the request of local manufacturers, the Import General Directorate of the Ministry has initiated a safeguard measures investigation into polyester staple fiber, imported from Iran under the tariff code 503.20.00.00.00. The investigation will assess the effect of the current safeguard measures and consider whether to continue these measures. The investigation will be conducted by the General Directorate and completed within nine months.

The investigation was launched by the Communiqué on Safeguard Measures in Imports number 2017/5, published in Official Gazette number 30046 on 22 April 2017. Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

 

Safeguard Measures Investigation Launched Into Polypropylenes Drawn Bidirectional Imports from Iran

At the request of the local manufacturers, the Import General Directorate of the Ministry has initiated a safeguard measures investigation into polypropylenes drawn bidirectional, imported from Iran under tariff code 3920.20.21.00.19. The investigation will assess the effect of the current safeguard measures and consider whether to continue these measures. The investigation will be conducted by the General Directorate and completed within nine months.

The investigation was launched by the Communiqué on Safeguard Measures in Imports number 2017/4, published in the Official Gazette number 30046 on 22 April 2017. Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

 

Safeguard Measures Investigation Launched Into Unframed Glass Mirror Imports from Iran

At the request of the local manufacturers, the Import General Directorate of the Ministry has initiated a safeguard measures investigation into unframed glass mirrors imported from Iran under tariff code 7009.91. The investigation will be conducted by the General Directorate and completed within nine months.

The investigation was launched by the Communiqué on Safeguard Measures in Imports number 2017/3, published in the Official Gazette number 30046 on 22 April 2017. Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

 

Safeguard Measures Investigation Launched Into Toothbrush Imports

At the request of the local manufacturers, the Import General Directorate of the Ministry  has initiated a safeguard measures investigation into toothbrush imports (including brushes for artificial palates). The investigation will be conducted by the General Directorate and completed within nine months.

The investigation has been launched by the Communiqué on Safeguard Measures in Imports number 2017/2, published in Official Gazette number 30046 on 22 April 2017, entering into effect on the same date. Please see this link for the full text of the relevant Communiqué (only available in Turkish).