Turkey - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited and Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2020-10-07

The Ministry of Trade issues the list of prohibited and restricted imports into Turkey. It has been significantly updated in 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak in line with the Import Communique issued on December 31, 2019.

There are three product groups whose import into Turkey is prohibited:

  • Certain waste regulated by “Regulation for Product Safety and Inspection 2020/3”
  • Certain chemicals regulated by “Regulation for Product Safety and Inspection 2020/6”
  • Metal scrap regulated by “Regulation for Product Safety and Inspection 2020/23”

In cases where these commodities can be imported, the importer can only be an industrial entity intending to use these materials in its own manufacturing process. The importing entity must obtain a license from the Ministry of Trade. For products other than those falling into the groups above, there are no sales limitations.

Importation of certain other products are not prohibited, but restricted, if they do not meet the requirements set to protect humans, animals and the environment. For example, importation of electronic devices is not prohibited; however, if these devices are not compliant with the technical standards established by the Turkish Standards Institution, they may not be imported. Similarly, food products that are not compliant with the requirements set by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry cannot be imported into Turkey.

There is also a different group of products, including unprocessed precious metals, metal scrubs, gasoline, etc., which, due to their nature, can only be imported by certain organizations and designated individuals.