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Russia will keep selling tomato paste to Turkey, while exporting tomatoes duty free as part of the new trade agreement

Turkey will import 25 thousand tons of duty-free paste. According to the President’s decision, duty-free paste can be imported until May.

With the decision no. 649 of the Presidency, tariff quota for 2 million 600 thousand tons of grain and cereals was opened for them to be imported to the Turkish Grain Board (TMO) in 2019 without duty. This will include an import quota of 1 million tons of wheat, and 700 thousand tons each for barley and corn.

As one of the world’s leading exporters of wheat flour, Turkey will import wheat, barley and corn duty free in 2019. Turkey sells tomatoes to Russia, but it will continue to import tomato paste from Russia this year as well.

The import of the product within the scope of the quota will be made with an import license issued by the Ministry of Trade. Only the industrialists who use these products as raw materials in tomato paste production will benefit from the quota.

Procedures and principles related to application and use of tariff quotas to be applied in sunflower seed import for oil production were also determined.

The Communiqué on the Implementation of Tariff Quota in the Importation of sunflower seeds has been published in the Official Gazette and are enforced.

The distribution of tariff quotas in sunflower seed imports will be made by the industrial companies that purchased sunflower seeds from July 1 to October 15, 2018.

No more allocation will be made to the companies than the amount of tariff quota requested at the time of the application. If the total amount of tariff quota requested in the applications is lower than the opened tariff quota, the demands will be met exactly.

An electronic import license will be issued by the Ministry on behalf of the companies with tariff quota allocation. Import licenses will be valid until June 30th.

Osman SEZER
Email: osman@thelondonpost.co.uk

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