Republic of Turkey


Authorized Economic Operator Mutual Recognition Arrangement/Agreement (MRA)


The Authorized Economic Operator Programme (AEO), laying the groundwork for decreasing the bureaucracy in freights, eliminating the financial burdens caused by the delay in international consignments, maintaining the security of international supply chain, obtaining a predictable foreign trade environment, awarding the trustable firms, enabling the customs inspections to focus on high risk goods and enabling the private sector to be in a more competitive position, has been in practise in our country since 10th of January 2013.

In this regard, the export pillar of the Programme has been put into practise initially and the import pillar is has been come into force in 21st of May 2014. The Authorized Economic Operator status has been granted to firms providing the necessary conditions.

As it is well known, MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement/Agreement on the Authorized Economic Operator Programme) is the legal basis laying the groundwork for the firms based in respective countries to benefit from the AEO Programme

The first MRA was signed in 9th of June 2014 with the Republic of Korea. This arrangement will come into effect as from the completion of a pilot implementation period. On April 11, 2016 in Seoul, Korea, the two Customs Authorities signed Explanatory Notes for the Arrangement between the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey and the Korea Customs Service of the Republic of Korea to expedite the effectuation of Turkey-Korea AEO MRA signed in 2014.

Taking into account the administrative capacity of our Ministry and in the framework of our Action Plan, initiatives to start MRA negotiations have been launched notably with the US, the EU, Mexico and India.