Export controls

General controls

What general controls are imposed on exports?

Products listed in Appendix 1 of the Regulation on Trade Barriers and Standardisation of Foreign Trade are subject to mandatory standards and quality controls. Exporters must apply to the relevant Group Presidency of Inspectorates for the Standardisation of Foreign Trade to export the listed products. A Control Certificate is issued by the Group Presidency of Inspectorates for the Standardisation of Foreign Trade if the products meet the required standards.

Government authorities

Which authorities handle the controls?

In general, the inspectorates of standardisation for foreign trade are empowered to conduct conformity assessments of the exported products against required standards, technical regulations and quality. Those are also competent to deliver the relevant documentation in this regard. Furthermore, the administrative authorities in charge of controlling and those in charge of approving the exportation of the goods subject to control are mentioned in each of the relevant regulations. The main authorities administering export control are the Ministry of National Defence for military materials and equipment, the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority for nuclear and nuclear dual-use materials, and the Ministry of Trade for other dual-use materials.

Special controls

Are separate controls imposed on specific products? Is a licence required to export such products? Give details.

Specific certificates and analysis may be required in particular in cases of plant and livestock exports. The details are as follows:

  • phytosanitary certificate - export of unprocessed agricultural products requires a phytosanitary certificate in order to attest that the consignment meets phytosanitary export requirements. The certificate is prepared in line with the 1951 Rome Treaty; and
  • health certificate - all agricultural products require a health certificate based on the requirements of the purchasing country. The evaluations of the inspection report and analysis results are based either on the requirements of the purchasing country or on the Turkish Food Codex.

There are also additional procedures, such as the EU’s requirement for an analytical report as well as a health certificate to show that aflatoxin levels are acceptable in the case of exportation of nuts and dried fruits, or the requirement of a radiation analysis to prove that radiation levels are below the limits for exportation of mushrooms.

The Russian Federation also requires additional analysis when exporting fresh fruits and vegetables. Exports of livestock and animal products may also differ from country to country. Under the Regulation on the Protection of Export of Dual-Use and Sensitive Products and Communiqué on the Export of Chemical Products that are listed in the Appendix of the Chemical Weapons Agreements, the Ministry controls the export of dual-use and chemical products. According to the legislation, the exporter must apply to the Istanbul Mining and Metals Exporters Union’s Secretary General to obtain a licence.

Additionally, Turkey is a party or member to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Missile Technology Control Regime, The Australia Group, the Zangger Committee and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Supply chain security

Has your jurisdiction implemented the WCO’s SAFE Framework of Standards? Does it have an AEO programme or similar?

Turkey is a party to the WCO’s SAFE Framework of Standards Agreement. According to article 5/A of the Customs Law no 4458, the AEO status can be granted by the Customs Undersecretariat to economically active residents who have the requisite qualifications, such as financial capability.

Applicable countries

Where is information on countries subject to export controls listed?

The following communiqués establish lists of products subject export control:

  • the Communiqué setting out the List regarding War Tools and Equipment, Weapons, Ammunitions and Spare Parts thereof, Military Explosive Materials, and Technologies thereof established on the basis of the Law No. 5201;
  • Communiqué No. 96/31 on the Goods whose Export is Prohibited or Subject to a Pre-Authorization;
  • Communiqué No. 2006/7 on the Goods whose Export is Subject to Registration; and
  • Communiqué No. 2007/1 on the ‘Warning List regarding Nuclear Transfer’ and the ‘List of Nuclear Dual-Use Goods’, which indicate the items of the goods falling under the regulation on the granting of the document that will serve as a basis for the approval of the use of nuclear and nuclear dual-use goods.
Named persons and institutions

Does your jurisdiction have a scheme restricting or banning exports to named persons and institutions abroad? Give details.

No, there is no scheme restricting or banning exports in Turkey. Nevertheless, Turkey implements the lists of sanctioned individuals and entities established by the United Nations and by the EU.


What are the possible penalties for violation of export controls?

The violation of an export control rule can lead to the imposition of an administrative fine that is double the customs value of the goods whose exportation is prohibited by a general administrative act (article 235(2) of Law No. 4458 on Customs). The exportation of goods whose exportation is subject to the granting of a licence, to the satisfaction of a condition or to an approval may lead to an administrative fine worth the customs value.

From a criminal viewpoint, Anti-Smuggling Law No. 5607 provides that, unless the behaviour concerned constitutes an offence requiring a heavier punishment, persons who export goods whose exportation has been prohibited can be subject to imprisonment for from one to three years and to a judicial fine which is equivalent to 5,000 days. According to article 52(2) of the Turkish Penal Law, the amount of a fine equivalent to one day varies between 20 lira and 100 lira and must be determined on the basis of the economic situation and other personal characteristics of the person concerned.