Turkey - Country Commercial Guide
Labeling and Marketing Requirements

Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

All packages, cases, and bales must bear shipping marks, numbers, dimensions and the gross weight of the merchandise.

Packages along with accompanying bills of lading for goods to be shipped through Turkey must be marked “In Transit.”  All goods entering Istanbul or any other port of entry in Turkey (Ankara, Iskenderun, Izmir, Antalya, Mersin, Sinop, Samsun, and Trabzon) are cleared through customs, and full payment of duty is required unless the packages and bills of lading are marked “In Transit.”  Goods marked “In Transit” may be cleared for entry and reshipment.

For certain goods, specific labels might be needed, i.e., some products might need to be cleared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (www.tarimorman.gov.tr), and some by the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) (www.tse.org.tr).  Labeling requirements are outlined on the websites of the relevant institutions.

Although Turkey is not an EU member, it has fully implemented many of the European CE marking directives.