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Turkey Issues Import Product Safety and Inspection Communiqué

SafeGuardSHardgoods, SoftlinesJanuary 31, 2020

Turkey has published a communiqué on import product safety and inspection requirements for a variety of consumer products. These became effective on January 1, 2020.

As part of its import control on providing safe and quality goods to consumers using the Risk-Based Control System on Foreign Trade (TAREKS), a web-based system for carrying out import and export controls required by trade legislation and on risk basis, the Turkish Ministry of Trade published Communiqué on Import Control of Consumer Goods (Product Safety and Inspection: 2020/12) (the Communiqué) of December 27, 2019 under Number 30991 (Repeat) to establish a list of consumer goods for compliance.

The Communiqué contains, inter alia, several important provisions:

  1. Establishing a list of consumer products under specific HS codes that are subject to inspection (Annex 1). Examples of consumer goods include:
    • Cufflinks
    • Domestic plastic gloves
    • Drinking equipment for young children subject to the following standards and requirements:
      • TS EN 14350-1 ‘Child Use and Care Articles Part 1: General and Mechanical Requirements and Tests’
      • TS EN 14350-2 ‘Child Use and Care Articles Part 12: Chemical Properties and tests’
      • N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances content
    • Imitation jewelry
    • Lighters subject to TS EN ISO 9994 ‘Lighters – Safety Specifications’ and TS ISO 22702 ‘Lighters – General Consumer Safety Requirements’
    • Mobile phone/tablet screen and case covers
    • Mouse pads
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Plastic files and folders
    • Soothers subject to TS EN 1400 ‘Child Use and Care Articles – Soothers for Babies and Young Children – Safety Requirements and test Methods’
    • Toilet seats for children
    • Watches and watch straps
  2. Specifying the restricted chemicals and standards for the listed consumer goods in Annex 1 – many of the restricted chemicals are from Annex XVII of Kimyasalların Kaydı, Değerlendirilmesi, İzni Ve Kısıtlanması Hakkında Yönetmelik (KKDIK), Turkey’s EU REACH-like Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals published under Number 30105 (Repeat) dated June 23, 2017, and amended by the inclusion of hydrogen cyanide and related chemicals as entry 67 (TC Resmi Gazete of November 29, 2019, Number 30963)
  3. Documentations for TAREKS for inspection (Annex 2)

This Communiqué became effective on January 1, 2020 and repealed the Communiqué on Import Control of Consumer Goods (Product Safety and Inspection: 2019/12) published under Number 30641 (Repeat) dated December 30, 2018.

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