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United Kingdom to Turkey

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Import Documentation

An ATR certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the status of his products concerned. The ATR certificate is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Turkey and the EU agreed on a customs union covering industrial goods with the exemption of the goods covered by the European Coal and Steel Community and agricultural goods. Products covered by the customs union and in free circulation can be covered by an ATR. They dont need to be originating in the country or territory of export.

The EUR-MED certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which cumulation is applicable. The system of cumulation is making it possible to use materials originating in the EU, the EFTA, Turkey, Faroe Islands or any other country or territory which is participant in the European-Mediterranean Partnership.

The system of cumulation allows using materials originating in other countries or territories than the exporting country or territory for the production of goods and counting them as originating in the exporting country or territory. These materials must be imported covered by valid preferential proofs and must be originating in countries or territories covered by the system of cumulation of the trade agreement. In case all the requirements are fulfilled the value of the material can be added to the material originating in the country or territory of export.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR-MED)

An invoice declaration EUR-MED can be made out by a so called approved exporter for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

For more information about the status of an approved exporter please see Invoice Declaration EUR1

. The exporter making out an invoice declaration EUR-MED must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration EUR-MED has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration EUR-MED shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which cumulation is applicable. For more information please see EUR-MED.

The text of the invoice declaration EUR-MED is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

For more information,please refer to Free Trade Agreements

The EUR1 certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR1)

An invoice declaration can be made out by a so called approved exporter for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The customs authorities of the exporting country or territory can authorised exporters who frequently exports products under the Agreement to make out invoice declarations irrespective of the value of the products concerned. Exporters granted with such an authorisation are referred to as approved exporter. The customs authorities grant him with a customs authorisation number which shall appear on the invoice declaration.

The exporter making out an invoice declaration must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

The text of the invoice declaration is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

For more information,please refer to Free Trade Agreements

Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.

An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to proof that his products fulfil the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.

The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs above.

For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

For customs clearance issues, the receiver needs to give a Power of Attorney (POA) approved by a notary and a valid tax number. This POA is given only once and is valid until expiration date mentioned by the customer (up to 5 years). Whatever the billing term is, without a POA from the consignee, it is not possible to submit any clearance declaration to customs.

Individuals can only import goods for their personal use and are not allowed to import goods for commercial purposes. The consignee may also request clearance by an alternate broker. If the consignee requests clearance by an alternate broker, the system is keyed with POD when the paperwork (clearance documents ) are delivered or picked up. After the paperwork delivery, UPS liability is over. Even if a shipment is custom cleared by an alternate broker or the consignee, UPS still delivers the shipment to the consignee address without any charges after final customs clearance.

Important Notice: The shipments need to be customs cleared or returned within 20 days after the arrival or they are seized by customs. After customs seizure, UPS liability is over. It is not allowed to import used, second hand goods without permission from the Undersecretary of Customs.

Customs seizes shipments not cleared or returned to the shipper within 20 days.

The consignee must sign and pay for all dutiable shipments, and a contact telephone number is required for all shipments.In order to do customs clearance UPS needs POA (power of attorney) from the importer. The consignee may also request clearance by alternate broker or may do customs clearance on their own. Even if the clearance is done by an alternate broker or the consignee, UPS delivers the shipment to the consignee address without any charges after final customs clearance.

Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
As per customs regulations, it is mandatory to declare the information below for all formal entries.

8 Digit HS Code ( harmonized system code )

If the consignee is a registered company, their tax number.

If the consignee is a private individual , their Turkish ID number.

On manual waybills and ones generated by UPS online tools, the tax number can be written Receivers VAT No/Identification No For Customs Purposes and the HS code can be written in Description of Goods on the waybill and the Tariff Code part on the invoice.

Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight charges only to this destination. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Individuals, who have been abroad and have entrance stamps on their passports 1 month before or 1 month later than the arrival of the shipments ,are allowed to import their personal goods. The goods must not have any commercial value and must be used goods for personal use. The consignees original passport will be needed so the consignee needs to come to the customs office in Istanbul Ataturk Airport with his/her passport. Afterwards, the carrier can continue with the clearance process and deliver the shipment to the consignee's address. There will be stamps,storage and handling charges. This service is not offered by UPS.

Individuals are allowed to import goods (the value must be less than 75 Euros) exempt from duty/tax five times in a year. After five times, no matter the value of the goods, all goods will be held by Customs for formal entry and standard clearance process will be applied.

Shipments addressed to private individuals up to a limit of 30kgs/1500 EUR and samples can be cleared by UPS with indirect representation. Fixed duty ( 18% duty for shipments from EU countries and 20% for shipments sent from non EU counties will apply. Excise tax of 20% for goods mentioned in list no 4. Shipments sent from companies to individuals cannot be handled as personal effects and cleared with the receivers passport.

Shipments addressed to Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus is served from the Mersin delivery center in Turkey. Transit time is +2 or +3 days after arrival in Mersin and it is not a guaranteed service area.

Non-dutiable shipments will be delivered directly to the consignee's address.

If a formal entry is required, the shipment will be sent from Istanbul customs office to Ercan Airport customs office in bonded transfer to be cleared by the consignee or by the assigned broker.

No RTS is available from Northern Cyprus after bonded transfer or delivery.

UPS does not offer brokerage service in Northern Cyprus.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0200/ Fall +0200
Turkish
Turkish New Lira(TRY)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Turkey. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Coffee shipments must be accompanied by an original phytosanitary certificate provided by the producer/shipper. The importer, no matter if a company or a private person, has to provide an import permit from the the Ministry of Agriculture. Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.
Computers are subject to CE regulation and require "Service Maintenance and Warranty Certificate" for customs clearance which needs to be provided by the importer, otherwise importation is not allowed.

Computers sent for non-commercial purposes or personal use do not require Service Maintenance and Warranty Certificate.

Cosmetics importation is subject to Cosmetics Regulation and the importers need to provide the approvals from the Ministry of Health.

Customs is strict on such commodities related with human health like vitamins, foods, cosmetics, chemicals etc.

It is not under UPS control and decision is given by the Customs authority.

An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
Companies must provide special permission from the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Private individuals must provide a prescription approved by the City Health Organizations and a special statement from the Hospital Committee.

The receiver must be the person who will be using the medicine.

Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts must be sent as non-doc shipments. The invoice must show the manufacturing cost of the ticket.
Food shipments require permission from the Ministry of Agriculture for both commercial and private importers.
Require an invoice for the intercompany data with the value for customs purposes only.
Turkish customs regulation requires formal entry for labels, no matter what value or quantity. If the labels have brands, they can only be temporarily imported unless the consignee and the shipper have a trademark agreement.
Shipments of medical items require written permission from the Turkish Ministry of Health. Properly cleared shipments will be exempt from duty and taxes.
Companies must provide special permission from the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Private individuals have to provide a prescription approved by the City Health Organizations and a special statement from the Hospital Committee.

The receiver must be the person who will be using the medicine.

Pharmaceuticals require written permission from the Turkish Ministry of Health. Properly cleared goods will be exempt from duty and taxes. Companies require permission from the Turkish Ministry of Health.
A maintenance and repair certificate issued by the Ministry of Industry, and a permit from the Turkish Telecommunication Office is required from the consignee prior to importation of shipments of telephones (including cellular).
Permission must be obtained from the relevant ministry prior to importation.
Additional anti dumping duty exists for some textile products manufactured in certain countries or territories, especially China.

abrics are analysed by the Ministry of Customs and Trade İstanbul Laboratory Management prior to customs clearance.The fabrics are tested on harmful chemicals used during the manufature of fabrics which left residues within the final product. The process can cause a delay up to two weeks.> By announcement of Turkish Government, for all Textile shipments over 50 kgs in weight shipped to Turkey, the shipper must have an Exporter Registry Form signed by the Turkish Embassy in the origin country or territory. This form will only be required once if shipped from the same shipper to the same consignee. The importer of the textiles must be registered to ITKIB (foundation of the Under Secretary of Foreign Trade).

Exporter Registry FormThe importer of the textiles must be registered to ITKIB (foundation of the Under Secretary of Foreign Trade).

  • Exporter Registry Form could be downloaded from - http://www.itkib.org.tr/ithalat/dosyalar/2009-21.doc
  • Copies of Exporter Registry Form certified by Turkish Public Notaries will also be accepted.
  • Approvals of the competent authority and Turkish Consulate General in the exporter's country or territory are solely to certify that the seal and signature appearing on the form are genuine, and do not mean the approval of the content of the form. Competent authorities are legal entities, authorized to approve the genuineness of signatures and seals appearing on documents. Generally, these are Chambers of Commerce, which also issue certificates of origin and such documents.
    (Sample approvals http://www.itkib.org.tr/ithalat/dosyalar/Lisands1.jpg http://www.itkib.org.tr/ithalat/dosyalar/Onay1.jpg )
  • Export Registry Form could be approved by Apostille in accordance with the La Hague Convention dated October 5, 1961, instead of Turkish Consulate General's approval.
  • Exporter Registry Form will be submitted once in a calendar year, and will be valid for that calendar year.
  • Parts of the Exporter Registry Form that are regarded as addressing commercial secrets, could be filled with the explanation, "Firm's commercial secret"
It is not allowed to import any used, second hand goods without permission from the Undersecretary of Customs.
A Maintenance and Repair Certificate issued by the Ministry is required from the consignee prior to importation.
Require permission from the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Agriculture for both commercial and private importers.

Gift Exemptions

No Information found on this topic for the selected country or territory.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Turkey must include 1 original invoice for import clearance and 2 copies of an invoice.

Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

The consignee's telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice.

UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Validated airline tickets only.
For shareholders or inter-company use only.
Only blueprints of no commercial value for a bid invitation. (For example, architectural plans to obtain a contract or for intercompany use).
Non-commercial brochures or brochures for inter-company use only.
Document limit: 1 to 15 business cards
Personalized checks only
Personalized credit cards to card owner only
Documents: personalized
Non-documents: not personalized; requires invoice
The number must be proportional to the purpose
Document: Inter-company shipments for inter-company use with no commercial value
Non-document: Shipments from a publisher or printing company
Non-commercial purposes only
Passports/IDs etc. are classified as documents-should not contain more than 1 per shipment.
Personalized stationery (only paper) with no commercial value. The quantity must be proportional to the non-commercial use.
Must be personalized to be considered documents.

UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Turkey.

The importer needs to provide a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Monopoly Management.

Only Commercial Companies are able to obtain this, not private importers.

Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older. The importer has to apply for an expert report by Turkish authorities (for example, experts of a museum).
Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

Electronics Cigarettes are prohibited by the Ministry of Health to be imported into Turkey.
Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

Shipments of knives require permission from the City Governor and the Police Department for both commercial and private importers. There is no exemption for knives sent as gifts or for decorative use. This does not include tableware knives.
Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
All tobacco products are prohibited. No exemptions for gifts or private shipments.

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: No

Service Options

Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

  • UPS Express
  • UPS Worldwide Expedited
  • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
  • WorldWide Economy DDP
  • WorldWide Economy DDU

Special Clearance Requirements

Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

  • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
  • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
  • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
  • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

  • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
  • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
  • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

Goods sent from Turkey for repair need a special export declaration which is submitted to Customs during the export. If this is not submitted, the goods can not be cleared as a re-importation after repair.

If the goods have been declared to customs during export, and being returned back to Turkey as repaired goods (must be the same product), a formal entry will be required. The consignee will be allowed to import the goods without paying tax. If any cost for repair is declared on the invoice, the consignee will pay tax for the repair cost only. Other applicable fees on formal entries will still be applied.

UPS Turkey as an operator is allowed to declare samples and non-commercial private shipments up to a limit of 22kg/1500.00 EUR.

Any commercial shipments or shipments exceeding these limits need to be cleared by a customs broker ; customer can choose our appointed broker.

For more information please see clearance information.

Shipments addressed to yachts or ships in transit are exempt from duty and VAT but are cleared at the local customs point, not in Istanbul.

A deposit equal to the duty and VAT is paid to customs by UPS until the clearance at the local customs point is completed.

The consignee still pays a brokerage service fee of US$88.00 (18% VAT is included), stamps fee and official documents of US$30.00 and a storage fee in customs bonded warehouse based on the value, weight and the time the shipment is stored in customs bonded warehouse.

There may be some destinations in which UPS is unable to transfer the shipment to the final local customs. UPS will instead transfer the shipment to the nearest airport customs.

Please contact UPS for more details.

New requirements have been implemented for small package shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your count

Value Limits


Private Shipments

  • 0.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • Only exceptions are letters ,documents and books sent to private individuals for personal use up to 150.00 EUR
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
  • Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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