Turkey, in line with the tendency in the world for negotiating FTAs and its EU-Custom Union obligation, negotiates and concludes free trade agreements with third countries in parallel with the EU. Together with the EU Common Customs Tariff, the preferential trade regimes constitute the most important part of the trade policy applied towards third countries. So far, Turkey has concluded FTAs with 34 countries/groups of country, 11 of which were repealed due to the accession of these countries to the EU.
Turkey has 18 FTAs in force; namely, EFTA, the EU-ECSC products-, Israel, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Egypt, Albania, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, Chile, Jordan, Mauritius, the Republic of Korea and Malaysia (as well as Decision No. 1/98 of the EU-Turkey Association Council on preferential regime for the agricultural products). Additionally, the Preferential Trade Agreement signed with Islamic Republic of Iran is in force since the beginning of the 2015.
Proofs of origin or movement certificates are used in order to the benefit from advantageous or zero duty rates in trade between parties. In this context, a web based querying application developed by the IT department for those certificates to show if those are endorsed by Turkish Customs Offices or not.
We hope that query page will ease subsequent verification requests in consequence of unreadable customs seals applied to the documents.
By January 4th 2016, it is obligatory to make an declaration in Single Administrative Document for Turkish exporters who will issue:
Preference giving partner countries’ customs administrations or other related bodies will be able to query those documents by using a username and password provided to gain access to the relevant information with regard to the documents including the date of endorsement, the name of Turkish Customs Office which endorsed the document, etc.
The query option for proofs of origin or movement certificates used in preferential trade arrangements targets just to ease subsequent verification requests in consequence of unreadable customs seals applied to the documents and does not violates rights of partner countries to request subsequent verification that guaranteed by several provisions of related free / preferential trade agreement.
User guide for query application