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The customs tax detail that draws attention in the Presidential decision: In pork imports…

By making an amendment to the Import Regime Decision, the customs duty of 733 products, predominantly agricultural products, to be made from 12 Islamic countries, was reduced. With the President’s Decision published in the Official Gazette, the tax was reduced on pork, which is very limited in consumption in Islamic countries. The customs duty on pork imports was reduced from 121.5 percent to 98.4 percent.

With the President’s Decision published in the Official Gazette, the Import Regime Decision was amended. Pork detail drew attention in the decision. By amending the Import Regime Decision, the customs duty of 733 products, mainly agricultural products, to be made from 12 Islamic countries, which are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Qatar, was reduced.

With the President’s Decision published in the Official Gazette, the Import Regime Decision was amended. On 31 December 2020, the customs tax of a total of 733 products, the majority of which are agricultural products, included in the list (I), (II) and (IV) of the decision put into effect with the Presidential Decision numbered 3350, was reduced.

THE BIGGEST CUSTOMS TAX REDUCTION TO PORK

While the reduction rate in customs duty ranged from 0.3 points to 23.1 points, the biggest reduction was observed in the pork group, which started with 1602.49. Starting with 1602.49 and titled ‘Materials and canned goods separated from other parts of pork’ in the Customs Tariff Schedule, the tax on imports from 12 countries was reduced from 121.5 percent to 98.4 percent.

Among the products with customs duty reduced; products such as cheese, eggs, flowers, coffee, starch and vegetable oils are also included. Customs duties were also reduced for some of the iron and flat products for these country groups.

The countries to which the customs data reduction will be applied are: Kingdom of Bahrain, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Morocco, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Jordan.

5,000 TONS OF MEAT WITH 2700 TONS DUTY-FREE FROM MONTENEGRO

On the other hand, tariff quota was opened for some agricultural products originating in Montenegro to be imported duty-free. In this context; 5 thousand tons of wheat flour, 2700 tons of meat, 150 tons of meat and offal, 150 tons of mushrooms, 300 tons of peaches, 350 tons of blueberries and 200 tons of raspberries will be imported.

CUSTOMS TAX ON ETHYL ALCOHOL WAS INCREASED FROM 10 PERCENT TO 25 PERCENT

While the customs duty of 2207.20.00.10.13 for bulk ethyl alcohol with Customs Tariff Statistical Position (GTİP) from 10 percent was increased to 25 percent, the tax of 2207.20.00.10.14 packaged ethyl alcohol with GTIP was increased from 15 percent to 30 percent. The decision to increase the customs duty on ethyl alcohol imports will enter into force 15 days later.

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