A Guide to Importing from Turkey

to the UK, for Businesses

Turkey has been an important trading partner with the UK for various businesses spanning the sectors for quite a substantial period of time; with current forecasts predicting this nation’s economy will grow even more in the coming years.

Along with the wealth of different areas available for trade, Turkey is also advantageous to work with because it offers direct trade routes via air, road, land and sea. What’s more, the Turkish government has invested a lot into growing its national businesses and actively encouraging trade between neighbouring European nations. It is also currently recognised as a candidate for future full EU membership.

So, if you are looking to start importing goods from Turkey, you can find out what you need to know and what you need to have to make these a success in this TNT guide.


The Main UK Imports

According to worldsrichestcountries.com, some of the main imports we have in the UK from Turkey include:


  • Vehicles and vehicle parts
  • Knitwear and clothing
  • Electronic equipment
  • Machinery and other garage equipment
  • Along with this there are also smaller imports such as fruit, nuts and precious stones that are quite popular.

Importing to the UK

As Turkey is not a fully-fledged member of the EU, trading is different from working with another EU member state; it essentially follows the protocol of importing from a non-EU country. Here’s what you should have and what you may need to check:


Commodity codes

Firstly, you need to find the right commodity code to properly classify your goods. This way you can avoid delays in getting them shipped and it also helps to ensure you get pay the right amount of VAT and duty (see below). Using the Government’s Trade Tariff search tool you can find the one you need.


Commercial Invoices and Making Declarations

With the above, you’ll need a commercial invoice too. This will include your commodity code, as well as a number of other key pieces of information such as the addresses of the supplier and the intended destination. This is also important for declaring goods to HMRC; for this you’ll also need to be registered for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number or EORI, as well as having completing the Single Administration Document (SAD) and submitting this through the Customs Handing of Important and Export Freight (CHIEF) processing system.


VAT and Duties

Your Turkish imports will be subject to VAT and duty, which you’ll need to pay before they can be brought into the UK. The above invoices and codes will help to clarify this and get the right amount. You can however get this duty zero-rated providing you meet certain criteria and can prove their origin. For further details about zero-rating see this page on gov.uk.


Import Licence

There’s also the possibility you’ll need to have an import licence for your goods. You can find out more about these here on gov.uk.


Checking Restrictions

You might find your goods are subject to restrictions as Turkey does have some import regulations in place on certain items. You should check these before you begin working with a supplier and you can also find a list of UK restrictions on this Government page.


Using TNT’s Services

As previously mentioned, you won’t want any holdups to get in the way – especially if your business operations depend on it – so make sure you consider some of the above points. Also, you should consider using TNT to help get your imports to the UK from Turkey quickly and securely. We have the expertise you can count on and what’s more, if you let us take care of this for you, it will free you up to focus your efforts on other important parts of your business.