FAQ

I went to Paris for travelling, how much should the goods, which I bring along, cost to be exempt from tax?

Goods, total real value of which is not more than 430 Euros for each passenger, are exempt from tax. However it is 150 euros for passengers younger than 15.

I went to Hong Kong for travelling, I brought along souvenirs which cost total 1200 Euros. How much tax do I pay?

Fixed tax is collected for goods, which do not cost more than 1500 Euros for each passenger above 18 years old, at a varying rate. These tax rates are:

18% if the goods are coming directly from EU countries

20% if the goods are coming from any other country

Also the goods should

Be brought along by the passenger or brought a month before or after the passenger has come,

Not constitute commercial amount or character

Be peculiar to personal or familial use

I know it is prohibited to import used autos according to the current customs law, however can I import the cars, of which there are distributors in Turkey like Mercedes, personally or on the name of my company in Turkey by paying taxes? Do you provide customs consultancy services for import of new cars?

You may import the car you like to Turkey on your or your company’s name according to Free Trade Agreement even if there is its distributor in Turkey. We provide customs clearance services for car import, also give logistics support within international car transportation services.

I brought a bicycle for my son when I came to Turkey, do I pay tax?

No, no tax is collected for the bicycle you brought for your son.

Can I personally import an auto from abroad?

Turkish citizens or foreign national persons or companies residing in Turkey have the right to import the car they would like (provided that it is new) by paying the taxes, whether there is its distributor in Turkey or not. (Used second hand cars are not allowed to be imported)

We want import dressed lumber and furniture into Turkey; can your company perform this operations? If you can, how much is customs commission fee?

Commercial customs clearance is only considered on project basis if we receive demands for high capacity transactions. Requests for commercial customs clearance, except for those within temporary import with exemption, are conveyed to our business partner, a reliable customs consultancy company which only provides customs clearance services of commercial goods. Licenced customs consultancy companies, like us, charges the service fees determined by customs consultancy associations with which they are affiliated.

A team peculiar to the company is constituted for high capacity import or export customs clearance and service fee is charged not on transaction basis but at the monthly net consultancy fee.

I am an expat who lives abroad. I want to send my personal effects such as books, bicycle and toys, by cargo instead of bringing them along since it is cheaper. Is it possible? Do I pay tax? Is there a customs law article concerning this?

You can send your personal effects by cargo and import them within a certain time period without paying tax.

Goods, which do not cost more than 430 Euros, are exempt from tax.

Fixed tax is collected for goods, which cost more than 430 Euros and less than 1500 Euros for each passenger above 18 years old. Rates are:

18% if the goods are coming directly from EU countries

20% if the goods are coming from any other country

The goods brought within the limit mentioned in the first article should

A) Be brought along by the passenger or brought a month before or after the passenger has come, or sent by post or fast cargo

B) Not constitute commercial amount or character

C) Be peculiar to personal or familial use

D) Not exceed gross 30 kilograms if they are coming by post or fast cargo

Can you perform the customs clearance of my personal effects which I bring into Turkey by cargo?

Our company is specialized in customs clearance of used or unused non-commercial personal effects peculiar to personal use to be imported or exported by road, sea or air.

I will come to Turkey from Germany for travelling, what goods are exempt from tax when brought along?

You may bring along the following:

LIST OF PERSONAL EFFECTS

a) Clothing and journey goods

1- Clothes for the passenger to wear only

2- Journey goods and goods peculiar to the life of the passenger

b) ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL ITEMS

1- One colour television without discriminating LCD or plasma display (until 55?? screen [including 55?? screen])

2- One video camera (with 10 blank tapes) and camera (with memory card or 5 photographic films)

3- One GPS direction finding device

4- One laptop or PC (with parts and pieces, including flash memory and external hard disk)

5- One radio or radio-tape

6- One for each kind of voice or screen recorder or player and 10 disc, tape, CD, VCD, DVD in total at most belonging to these devices.

7- One electronic game device with tape or game card

8- GSM- Mobile phone including those which have TV, music player, video player (one piece in two calendar years except foreign mission members)

c) MUSICAL INSTURMENTS

One for each hand-held musical instrument, three pieces at most.

ç) SPORTS AND GAME IMPLEMENTS

1- One camping tent

2- One diving set

3- One unmotorised inflatable boat

4- One sailboard

5- A pair of flippers

6- Golf equipment (except golf cart)

7- One for each sports equipment and outfit to be used alone for playing sports (including parachute and ski set and excluding jet ski and motorised aquaplane)

d) HEALTH DEVICES

1- Bed belonging to the patient

2- Driving motorised or unmotorised chair for the disabled

3- Medicine used for personal treatment

4- Medical devices for personal use

5- Gas mask and protective garment

e) KITCHENWARE

Kitchenware to be used during journey and one for each small home appliance

f) OTHERS

1-  A certain amount of zam-zam water and date palm, determined by  Undersecretariat and Department of Religious Affairs, to be sent by post or cargo or brought along by the passangers coming from haj or umra.

2- A pushchair for child passanger

3- Toys of child passanger

4- An iron

5- A bicycle

6- A field glass (Except night vision glasses and  night vision sharpshooter glasses)

7- Other tools and devices for use of the driver or the vehicle itself during the journey (Battery charger, battery powered auto broom, battery powered icebox etc.)

8- Books or similar publications for personal use

9- 2 pets in total or 10 aquarium fish, provided that they are with the passenger (provided that health report from vet, origin and vaccine report, identity card and description report is submitted and veterinary inspection is done)

I'd like to import an antique auto from the USA. What model should the car be for it to be in antique auto status? Does your company perform the customs clearance of antique cars?

Turkish citizens or foreign national persons and companies, residing in Turkey, have the right to order and import antique autos of 1974 model or below provided that they pay the taxes. Our company offers customs clearance services for antique autos to be imported from abroad. We also provide transportation services for antique cars upon request from anywhere in the world.

Is it true that Turkey customs collect the taxes of antique cars to be imported over at least USD 16.000-18.000 even if I bought it for a lower price?

Yes, relevant implementation started in 2011.

I have two passports. All information about my entry into Turkey is registered on my X passport. Can I bring an auto by registering it on my other Y passport?

Such an operation would require smuggling proceeding because of misleading customs office. You would be charged with smuggling and your car would be seized until the end of provision.

I have work permit and residence permit in TUrkey. Can I use triptyque? I have German friends who reside in Bodrum, I know they obtain triptyque from the border and drive their car in Turkey for 6 months.

One can stay in Turkey with his/her vehicle for a maximum of 180 days. However this is a right peculiar to tourists who reside abroad. The situation of your  German friends may have escaped the notice of customs officers or they may have no knowledge about it.

I came to Turkey from Germany in summer holiday and stayed with my car for 180 days, then exported it. When can I bring my car?

You may bring a car again if you and your car stay abroad for 185 days continuously. Otherwise it is not possible.

I am a foreign pensioner who come to Turkey in certain times of the year. Last year I stayed in Turkey for 180 days, then took my car to England. Can I enter into Turkey with a different brand and model car registered on my name without staying in England for a certain time?

You have to stay in England or any other country abroad for 185 days continiously. Or else you cannot bring a car even if it is a different one.

I came to Turkey for travelling and I want to go abroad leaving my car in Turkey. Is it possible?

You have to apply to the nearest customs office and give a commitment letter to obtain permission to go abroad without the car. Or you can deliver your car to the customs.

I am a foreign pensioner who come to Turkey in certain times of the year. Last year I stayed in Turkey for 180 days, then took my car to England. Can I enter into Turkey with a different brand and model car registered on my name without staying in England for a certain time?

You have to stay in England or any other country abroad for 185 days continiously. Or else you cannot bring a car even if it is a different one.

Who else can drive my Taxfreecar® or car with triptyque apart from me?

These cars can be driven by the owner’s spouse or first degree relatives, place of residence of whom is not in Turkey Customs Area. They can also be driven by third parties provided that the owner is inside the car.

Can a foreigner, who resides in Turkey, buy a diplomatic care sold in Turkey?

If the foreigner does not have work permit in or diplomatic or pensioner status in Turkey, s(he) cannot buy a consulate or diplomatic car.

Can you help us about the customs clearance of household goods to be imported, which belong to our foreign embassy and diplomatic missions? Do you have experience?

9ekim is a company preferred by Istanbul American Consulate and Istanbul Saudi Arabia Consulate for customs clearance of household goods due to its experience and succesful services. We smoothly complete customs clearance with our own team.

In how many days can you complete customs clearance required during the registration of CC/CD plate consulate and diplomatic cars to Turkey?

Traffic registration and customs clearance of CD/CC plate consulate and diplomatic cars takes 2 days.

I am a foreign pensioner who lives in Turkey. I am English and I am living in Fethiye with residence permit. I have driving licence for the disabled. Can I buy a Taxfreecar for the disabled like Turkish citizens?

Yes, you can because you are residing as a foreign pensioner in Turkey.

We know you are a succesful company. Do you perform international auto transport? I want to send my car to Belgium next week.

We perform international auto transport by road, sea or air. Please see www.taxfreecar.net

I want to buy a car from Turkey to sell to Georgia. Do you perform customs clearance?

We are specialized in customs clearance of cars, also provide international transport to anythere in the world.

I am appointed to Nigeria by the company for which I am working in Turkey and I will be working as an expat. I want to take my car to Nigeria and drive it there, can you export it from the customs and transport to abroad?

We perform exportation of the car after completing deregisteration, then gives logistics support for international transport of your car.

I am a Turkish diplomat and going for diplomatic mission in Turkish consulate of a European country. I do not want to buy a car abroad and bring my 2008 model car from Turkey. Can I get your company to do exportation of my car by giving you power of attorney? Do you transport cars to England?

We are authorized to follow-up transactions at the customs by power of attorney as a licenced customs consultancy company. We can perform customs clearance and complete the export of your car without your presence. We also provide car transportation service to England.

I am a Turkish citizen who works in Germany. I want to come to Turkey by plane this summer, however I want to bring my Ferrari with truck. I want to go back to Germany in the same way. Is it possible? If so, can you help? Do you perform car transportation from Germany to Turkey?

We provide door-to-door transportation services with trucks peculiar to car transportation from Germany to Turkey and from Turkey to Germany. So we prevent negativities and especially waiting at the border gates and you can enjoy your drive and holiday in Turkey.

I am an English citizen retired from abroad. I am coming from England to my house in Fethiye in my car in every spring and stay for 6 months. Now that I am old, it is hard for me to drive a car to Turkey. So I am asking if it is possible for you to transport my car from England to Fethiye and then take it back to my door in England 6 months later? Do you provide international auto transport and logistics services?

We can perform international transportation of your car and take it back to your door in England 6 months later. We have been providing professional logistics services for many years.

I want to send my cat from Turkey to abroad. Do you have experience in exporting pets?

Our company has the necessary experience, competence and knowledge to meet your request; however export of pets is a complicated operation. Because there are permissions to obtain from Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Veterinary and customs clearance must be performed afterwards. We can complete the necessary documents (vaccination, identity card etc.) and operation with the power of attorney that you will give, and send the cat abroad.

I will go abroad (to Germany) with my dog. What should I note about the pets to be moved to Europe? Do you perform the export operation and obtain the necessary permissions?

Necessary documents are as below:

Health Report (English translation if applicable)

A letter from your veterinarian indicating that your dog is healthy (both in Turkish and English)

Cage

Muzzle

Certificate of origin

Export certificate from Ministry of Agriculture

Chip information (Chip is necessary)

Rabies titration test

Our company may professionally obtain the necessary permissions prior to export and perform the export customs clearance.

The dog of a diplomatic mission of our assembly in Ankara will be exported. Can you perform the export customs clearance of the dog that is going from Ankara to Germany?

We can perform export operation of the dog, however this operation can only be made in Istanbul Atatürk Airport via THY countrywide.

I am coming to Turkey to work as an expat in an international company. What are the important points that I need to know for importing my household goods to Turkey?

Sitting group, dining room set, bedroom suite and living room furniture, kitchenware and personal computer along with its accessories and satellite dishes, diameter of which is up to 120 cm (including 120 cm), which are usable in house, are considered household goods. These goods should be household goods, be used and belong to the importer.Be brought within a time period between 2 months before and 6 months after the entry of the owner to Turkey. For some electronic items like TV and radio, a banderol fee, which changes every year, is collected.

I am an expat who works in Turkey with work permit. Customs collected a certain amount of deposit for my household goods and car when first entering into Turkey. I am now leaving from Turkey. From where can I get my deposits back?

You can get your deposit back from the customs for your household goods and from Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey for your Taxfreecar. Customs clearance must be completed to get your deposit back.

I have been working in New York, the USA for 26 years and will return permanently to Turkey. I heard that no tax is collected for my household goods in Turkey, is it true? What do I need to know?

Requirements concerning the goods

Sitting group, dining room set, bedroom suite and living room furniture, kitchenware and personal computer along with its accessories and satellite dishes, diameter of which is up to 120 cm (including 120 cm), which are usable in house, are considered household goods.

For exemption, the goods should:

a) Be household goods

b) Be used

c) Belong to the importer

d) Be brought by means of permanent return

e) Be brought within a time period between 2 months before and 6 months after the entry of the owner to Turkey and declaration of entry to the free movement must be made.

What paperwork does Turkey Customs require when I am importing my household goods during my permanent return from the USA?

In order to get permission from customs offices to import the used household goods with exemption, the owner must submit the following documents:

a) Residence transfer document from our local consulates to indicate that residence has been transferred.

b) Document from consulate to indicate that the owner has resided abroad for longer than 24 months for the passports renewed due to loss if they were not given at least 2 years ago.

c) For those who have inscription about a previous permanent return on their passports to be able to import used household goods with exemption, a document from consulate to indicate that s(he) resided abroad at least for 24 months again and then permanently returned.

d) Detailed packing list of the goods

I will permanently return from Germany to Turkey. I have 2 televisions among my household goods. Would it cause a problem at Turkey customs when importing the goods? Must there be 1 piece of each object?

It would not cause a problem provided that the televisions are used. There is no requirement for only one piece of each object.

I will return permanently from the USA, however I am reading in some websites and forums that there are many difficulties which people had in import of household goods at Turkey customs. Is it true? I heard a friend of mine, who was returning permanently from Florida, waited for 15-20 days when importing his goods to Turkey so had to pay a huge demurrage. In how many days are the goods cleared from the customs following their entry to Turkey?

Problems that may arise during permanent return are not caused by Turkey customs; there may be delays in import of the goods due to the reasons stated below. Operation period in Turkey for import of household goods during permanent return is maximum 3 days following the completion of all necessary paperwork and control of a customs consultant specialized in customs clearance of household goods.

a) The business partner of the company, which performs international door-to-door transport of the household goods abroad, may not be a customs consultancy company, which only performs customs clearance of household goods, subject to Undersecretariat of Customs and consequently may not have necessary knowledge about the legislation about permanent return, follow-up the amendments in the current legislation or misinform the moving company in the USA. Customs transactions can only be performed by authorized and licenced customs consultancy companies in Turkey. Moving companies are not authorized to perform customs clearance of household goods import at the customs, which constitutes a trust issue. http://www.igmd.org/haberdevam.asp?haber_id=3261

b) The current legislation may not be researched by a licenced customs consultancy, which has references and experience, before the household goods are exported from the USA during permanent return.

c) The paperwork and packing list, requested by Turkey customs, may not be meticulously made.

d) There may be goods, which are not stated in the list, prohibited to be imported to Turkey or not considered household goods.

What do you recommend us to do in order to import our household goods without any problems at Turkey customs during permanent return?

You should make sure if the company to export the goods is working with a licenced customs consultancy company subject to Republic of Turkey, Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Customs, which transports only household goods and personal effects, in Turkey if it provides door-to-door logistics services. You also need to know if the international door-to-door transportation company abroad is accredited in the federations of household goods transportation.

If you are not moving your goods through a international transportation company and handle it on your own, you need to prefer a licenced customs consultancy company which has experience and references in customs clearance of household goods. You need to make a pre-contract and pay advance, then provide the correct information and documents.

I am a Turkish engineer who has been living in Moscow. I want to return to Turkey permanently in August. Can you perform the customs clearance in Moscow and Turkey?

We are a highly experienced company in Russian Federation. You cannot find any better company than us to help you with permanent return from Russia. Because our team has been performing the relevant operations concerning permanent return from or move to Russia. We provide real door-to-door logistics control.

I got into a university in the USA. I want to take my household goods and personal effects from Turkey to the USA, do you provide such services?

Our licenced company, specialised in its field of business, is providing professional door-to-door international transportation of household goods and customs clearance services in accordance with permissions.

I am an executive who works in an international company in Turkey. I have been appointed to a branch abroad, so I want to take my goods from Turkey to abroad. What do you recommend me to do in order to avoid any problems that may arise at the customs abroad?

Customs regulations and laws are different all around the world. We recommend you to find out if the company, which will export your household goods, has an agency in the destination country. Our company has business partners all around the world. If there is a licenced customs clearance company abroad, which has necessary knowledge and experience, as business partner, it enables you to avoid any problems that may arise from incomplete documents.

I am moving abroad, is it possible for me to take the foodstuff, which is unavailable abroad (tarhana, olive oil, pulses etc.), along with my household goods?

Customs laws differ in different countries. It is forbidden to bring foodstuff to the countries such as the USA; however it is allowed for passengers to bring along foodstuff for personal use at a certain amount.

I am going abroad for working purposes. I want to take my household goods and minibus registered in Turkey and bring back after a certain while. Is there any inconvenience or a relevant law article about my household goods and vehicle to be exported?

You can export your goods and vehicle temporarily or permanently.

I have been working in Germany, Duisburg for 20 years. I will return to Turkey permanently and bring along a car. I want to use my right of import without returns, I kindly ask you to provide me information.

Turkish citizens, who return to Turkey after legally residing abroad at least for 24 months in any country, may import their motorised (which has maximum 7 seats apart from driver?s seat) or unmotorised vehicle, which is registered on their names at least 6 months before they make entry into Turkey and not older than 3 years within the year of registration (including registration and model year), within import without returns. You may use 9ekim’s services for import without returns and customs consultancy when you are returning to Turkey.
You do not pay customs duty; however you have to pay Special Consumption Tax (ÖTV) and Value Added Tax (KDV), which has the highest rate among import taxes. ÖTV and KDV are collected over the price left after depreciation discount is made according to the model year of the car. Therefore Auto Import without Returns does not mean importing your car without paying any tax; it only enables you to import a used car into Turkey. As is known, it is prohibited to import used cars into Turkey according to the current Customs Law.

My grandfather retired in France due to disability. Now he is living in Antalya, Turkey and making entry and exit once in every 6 months. He wants to permanently return next year. We want to buy a car in the meanwhile (in 2012) with permi right. We are considering to buy a 2010 model car, not older than 3 years. The car will stay there on his name for 6 months and then he will permanently return with permi right. Is there any other procedure to be followed? If the car has Turkish plate, will there be extra payments (KDV, ÖTV, customs duty) when it comes to Antalya? Or can we make the car have Turkish plate with permi, which means import without returns. Thank you in advance.

You can import the car only paying KDV (Value Added Tax) and ÖTV (Special Consumption Tax) within import without returns. You do not pay customs duty; however you have to pay Special Consumption Tax (ÖTV) and Value Added Tax (KDV), which has the highest rate among import taxes. ÖTV and KDV are collected over the price left after depreciation discount is made according to the model year of the car. Therefore Auto Import without Returns does not mean importing your car without paying any tax; it only enables you to import a used car into Turkey. If you request detailed cost calculation and Vehicle Importation Report, we charge consultancy service fee.

I want to return permanently from the Netherlands 7 months later and I am thinking about selling my permi right for cash in Turkey. Is it possible?

People used to have the right to sell their permi rights; however it is no longer allowed to sell or transfer your right for personal financial gain. Because it is prohibited to sell or transfer the cars imported into Turkey with permi right for 1 year.

I have dual citizenship both from the USA and Turkey, can I bring a car with import without returns?

No, dual citizens cannot bring a car with import without returns; you only have the right to import household and other goods.

If someone who lives abroad or a Turkish diplomat brings the car, which (s)he drives abroad, making use of import without returns without paying customs duty when returning permanently, would s(he) lose money? Would you recommend it?

First you need to know that you have to pay Special Consumption Tax (ÖTV) and Value added Tax (KDV) even though you do not pay customs duty for the car you bring along when returning permanently. ?Import without returns? means that you do not have to transfer money to abroad for the car. It does not mean it is completely free of taxes.  With the raise in ÖTV for the vehicles above 16 motor in December 2011, it is pointless to bring a car with import without returns. It is more profitable to buy a used car in Turkey.

How is it calculated the price of my car I will bring within import without returns?

The customs price of the vehicles is calculated as follows:

a) The prices of the cars to be imported are firstly to be based on the prices reported to the relevant customs offices by the Undersecretariat.

b) If the prices of the cars to be imported are not reported to the relevant customs offices by the Undersecretariat, the prices of the cars are to be consulted to their Turkey distributors. But if the appropriateness of the invoice price is determined according to the available data such as consulate approved invoice, made out on the name of the liable person about the first sale of the car, or other documents required to be submitted, there is no need to consult to the distributors.

c) Prices of the accessories out of standard are to be based on the prices of the new models, if the prices in their model year cannot be determined. For these accessories, transactions are to be made in accordance with (b) bend of 2nd article.

At which customs office can I sort out the customs clearance of my car which I will import during my permanent return?

Entry to the free circulation transactions of the cars, which are brought within import without returns, can only be performed at Ankara Customs Office of Import without Returns subject to Ankara Customs and Enforcement Directorate, Yeşilköy Automotive Specialty Customs Office subject to Istanbul Customs and Enforcement Directorate, İzmir Passanger Lounge Customs Office subject to İzmir Customs and Enforecement Directorate and Gebze Customs Office subject to İzmir Customs and Enforcement Directorate.
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