Customs in Turkey have published new legislation for removal of the de minimis value of €22,-. Finance Minister Berat Albayrak stated that Turkey will restrict international ecommerce shipments that avoid taxes in order to support local manufacturers and lift the local economy. This legislation will be applied as of 30th May 2019.
What does this mean for private individuals (B2C)
- The exemption from duties, taxes and customs fees for shipments below €22,- will be abolished.
- DHL will still be able to place personal goods to private individuals (such as gifts) from 0 to 1500 euros weighing up to 30 kg under the exemption. In that case, please indicate clearly on your invoice that the goods are for personal use.
- Tax rates are as follows: 18% for shipments sent from a EU country and 20% for shipments from non-EU countries.
What does this mean for companies (B2B)
- The formal customs clearance process for companies will be followed. As a result, duties, taxes and customs fees will be charged for shipments with an invoice value lower than €22,-. The importer has the option of designating a permanent broker in advance using a Power of Attorney.
- Shipments containing goods that are not for commercial purposes (no resale, such as samples) remain exempt. In that case, state clearly on the airwaybill and invoice that the goods are for “Samples Purpose”.
To avoid unnecessary delays, we recommend the following for the airwaybill and invoice:
- The acceptable / detailed content (please see list for acceptable content embedded below)
- HS code (harmonized customs commodity code) with minimum 8 digit.
- Cnee tax number is containing 10 digit ( for companies ) and identification number is containing 11 digit (for individuals).
- If the content is a sample (not for resale) to companies in Turkey, a statement ‘Sample Purposes’ statement on the invoice and AWB is mandatory.
For more information, please contact your DHL representative or DHL Customer service at 088 - 0552 000.
Changes per 26 April 2019 - decreased de minimis
As of 26 April 2018, the deminimis value in Turkey will be decreased from € 30,- to € 22,-. Additionally, books and similar printed matter for private individuals with a value lower than € 150,- will be exempted from formal clearance. The following categories of customs values will be applicable in Turkey:
Category 2: Low values up to € 22,-:
Risk analysis and undervalue checks will be applied by customs authorities. A formal declaration might be required.
Category 3: Dutiable shipments to private persons with a value between € 22,- and € 1500,- and weighing less than 30 kgs.
High quantities of goods or goods for non-personal use might not be permitted by Customs Authorities. The consignee in Turkey must authorize DHL for clearance. Shipments will be delayed in case no authorization is provided.
Shipment will be held for formal clearance purposes. The consignee /importer will be contacted for clearance instructions. DHL or external customs broker have to be authorized for formal clearance. The clearance procedure will start the day after all required documentation has been received.