The UK signed a trade deal with Turkey in December 2020. The deal was the first announced by the UK since the country agreed on a Brexit deal. The deal came into effect on the 1st of January 2021. It ensured that the flow of goods between the two countries would not be affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union. Read on to find out more about importing goods and making international payments to Turkey.


An ongoing trading relationship


Trade between the two countries was worth over £18.5 billion in 2019. The UK is Turkey’s second-biggest export market, with vehicles, textiles, electronics, and precious metals commonly being traded. It was thought that around 75% of Turkish exports would have been subject to tariffs if the deal hadn’t been agreed upon. When the UK was part of the European Union, its relationship with Turkey was overseen by the EU-Turkey Customs Union.


Preferential tariffs


The deal also means UK businesses sending steel, iron, and machinery to Turkey will be protected by preferential tariffs. When importing goods from Turkey, you must declare that your goods comply with the rules of origin so you can benefit from preferential tariffs. You must be able to provide proof of this.


What do you need to import goods from Turkey?


When you’re importing goods from Turkey to the UK, you’ll need an EORI number. If you do have an EORI number but it doesn’t start with GB, you will need to get a new one if you’re in England, Wales, or Scotland. If you’re in Northern Ireland, your number may need to begin with the letters XI. The company that’s sending the goods to you from Turkey may need to make an export declaration in their country, and they may need specific licences or certificates to export to the UK. Find out whether the company you are buying the goods from is permitted to export them before you proceed with a purchase.



Making your import declaration


You will also need to include the commodity code when making your import declaration. The code determines how much duty you need to pay and whether an import licence is required. As the UK has a trade agreement with Turkey, you may be able to pay less or even no duty on the goods. If you can’t pay a lower rate of duty, you may still be able to delay the payment. Goods that you may need a special licence or certificate to import include plants, animals, high-risk foods, medicine, chemicals, and weapons.


Can I get help with dealing with imports from Turkey?


It may be beneficial to get a specialist to deal with UK customs on your behalf. They can make the declarations for you and bring your items through the border. If you are VAT registered, you should be able to claim back any VAT that you have paid on your imports when making international payments to Turkey. You will need an Import VAT Certificate. Make sure you keep hold of all paperwork related to your transactions.



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