Customs for parcel shipping to Turkey
If a shipment is not cleared within 20 days it is seized by Turkish Customs. It is vital that the cosignee signs and pays for the shipment, as well as providing a valid tax number and proof of power of attorney. Duties and taxes are calculated according to current market value as well as shipping and other applicable fees. Non dutiable shipments can be delivered to the designated address. Any import requiring a formal entry clearance must be picked up from Customs.
Security concerns when shipping parcels to Turkey
Hazardous materials are prohibited from being imported into Turkey, this may or may not include: acids, batteries, chemicals, corrosives, cosmetics, dangerous goods, flammables, gases, ice, infectious substances, some liquor, magnets, oxidizers, paints, perfumes, poisons, radioactive material, or toiletries. Additionally the following items are prohibited from being imported to Turkey: bearer documents, tobacco (illegal in any form), unlicensed mobile phones, powders, and Viagra.
Parcel documents delivering to Turkey
A standard declaration is essential, especially for preferential treatment from the EU. This includes an invoice with proof of origin. Toys, in-vitro diagnostic medical devices, medical devices, machinery, low voltage equipment and electromagnetic compatibility all require a CE Regulation for product safety standards. Additionally a service guide or proof of testing may be required. Goods sent to individuals for personal use are exempt from this qualification, as are goods sent from the EU that have already been approved.
Parcel delivery limitations to Turkey
Individuals may only import goods for personal use. Commercial imports are not approved for private citizens. Restrictions apply to the following types of commodities: alcohol, antiques, fine art, jewelry, knives, and mobile phones. Please note that tobacco is illegal in Turkey. Personal effects cannot usually be shipped to Turkey via parcel. Turkey is part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and is in negotiations to be part of the EU within the next decade.