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Turkey’s recent regulation change causes congestion at customs

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 02/03/2015 (13:35)
According to media reports, Turkey’s Ministry of Economy made an update on a declaration dated February 17, 2015 regarding the supervision of imports for solid waste as a part of environmental protection. This change requires certificate and approval from Turkey’s Ministry of Environment during the entrance of plastic raw materials to the country, which has caused congestion at the borders.

According to the statement, in order to prove that the imported good is correctly identified at the border, a procedure will take place that involves the following steps: 1) a sample from the imported raw materials is to be taken; 2) the sample shall be documented as original from an accredited body; and 3) an entry permit shall be taken from the relevant Provincial Directorate for Environment and Urban Planning. Players reported that the completion of all these procedures will take months and will result in thousands of waiting containers stranded at the border.

This change has caused an up to 30-kilometer-long truck queue at the Gurbulak border in Eastern Turkey, the most important gate for truck transitions between Iran and Turkey. Mersin in Southern Turkey is also undergoing a similar problem. Market representatives commented that the statement is technically defective and if the government does not correct the current situation, the country may face significant problems in manufacturing as approximately 10,000 companies from many sectors, including automotive, textile, electronic etc. have been unable to source raw material for days now.

The head of the Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation (PAGEV), Yavuz Eroglu, urged the government to take steps in order to solve the problem. Because of the congestion at the borders, prices of prompt cargoes in the local market are moving higher and production in many sectors is almost at a standstill, he pointed out. “The situation will be worse when the cargoes transferred by ships arrive to the ports in Istanbul and elsewhere,” he warned.

Meanwhile, the Ministry gathered for a discussion of current situation. It was reported that a new regulation will be entered into force soon following the Ministry’s meeting.
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