Importing from Turkey to the UK: Steps, Requirements and Shipments

Importing from Turkey to the UK: Steps, Requirements and Shipments

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Free Trade Agreement between the UK and Turkey

There has never been a better moment to think about importing from Turkey, the sixth-largest economy in Europe, according to the newly announced new trade agreement between Britain and Turkey.

With a quickly expanding economy, direct trade routes, a government eager to promote commerce, and a strategic location between Europe and Asia, Turkey has established itself as an important trading partner for the UK, as evidenced by £9 billion in imports from Turkey in 2016.

The Feasibility of Importing from Turkey to the UK

  • Prices and Quality

Turkish products are known for their quality, conformity to international specifications, and low prices. Not to mention, it is very easy to import them.

  • Wide Variety of Goods and Products

The main items that the UK purchases from Turkey are gemstones and precious metals, which totalled £2.3 billion in imports in 2016.

The next item is a fleet of vehicles valued at £1.5 billion, produced by Turkish automakers, some of the biggest van, bus, and truck producers in the world.

Then come knitted or crocheted clothes, electronics, machinery, non-knitted or crocheted apparel, iron or steel items, plastics, dried fruits, nuts, and paper.

  • Proximity to Turkey

With Turkey’s strategic location on the world map, it is very easy to import goods from Turkey all around the world. Turkey is only 3,389 kilometres from the UK, which makes it fairly enough close.

Legal Requirements to Import from Turkey to the UK

  • Legal Requirements of the Turkish Authorities

In 1995, the EU and Turkey established a customs union that included industrial and processed agricultural products. For the majority of industrial goods as well as the industrial parts of agricultural goods, Turkey accepted the common external tariff (CET) of the EU.

All customs fees, quantitative limitations, and other taxes that have a similar impact on their bilateral commerce will be eliminated, as agreed to by the EU and Turkey.

  • Legal Requirements of the UK Authorities

To ensure that commerce between the two nations would continue after Brexit, the UK and Turkey negotiated a trade pact in 2021 that was modelled after a standard free trade agreement. Trade between the two countries is subject to preferential tariff rates.

Import Procedures from Turkey to the UK

  • Find Suitable Suppliers

Tebadul International Trade offers a wide range of services including connecting importers with the best goods suppliers in Turkey.

  • Order Your Goods

To import goods from Turkey there are deliberate steps and different ways:

  • You can travel to Turkey and ascertain the goods on the ground.
  • You can give power of attorney to a commercial intermediary to secure the desired product in exchange for an agreed amount of money.
  • Online Order: Although it is an easy way, it is risky. You can choose the right products, and then order and ship them from Turkey, but you should be aware of some fake companies' websites on the Internet.
  • Complete a Customs Declaration Form

All products coming into the UK from overseas must be accompanied by customs paperwork. This will inform HMRC of any products you are bringing into the UK and their value. You can hire a broker to organize your customs declaration.

  • Get an EORI Number

Businesses require an EORI number to transact business outside of the EU. This may be requested online at, and it can take up to three working days for the email to arrive.

  • Comply with Rules of Origin

As an importer, you must declare that you hold proof your goods comply with the rules of origin to benefit from preferential tariffs when importing into Turkey from the UK.

  • Complete an Import Declaration

To clear customs in the UK, products arriving from outside the EU must be reported. The majority of firms use a freight forwarder to handle this on their behalf because it may be a challenging operation.

  • Pay Tax

Upon entrance into the UK, goods delivered from outside the EU may be liable to VAT and Duty payments. Applying for "preference"—also known as reduced or no duty—may be possible for products originating from Turkey.

Shipping Options from Turkey to the UK

  • Air Shipping

The fastest and safest method of shipping your items is by air freight. It is often advised for tiny shipments, expensive goods, or delicate ones.

Due to its quick transit time, it is frequently employed by importers of goods with brief expiration dates, such as food.

Flowers or pharmaceuticals can be delivered successfully using air transport. Although it is the most practical way to carry things, one must keep in mind that it is also the most expensive.

The main cargo airports in Turkey are Istanbul Airport (IST) and Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB).

The main cargo airports in the UK are London Heathrow (LHR), East Midlands Airport (EMA), and Manchester Airport (MAN).

  • Road Shipping

As a reasonably quick alternative to sea freight, which typically takes between 8 and 12 days, road freight is a popular choice. It is typically less expensive than sea freight too if a consignment is smaller than a truckload.

  • Sea Shipping

Sea freight is the most commonly used mean of transporting cargo in international trade. It’s mainly due to relatively low prices and the possibility of delivering goods in containers.

Since your products will be delivered straight to the Port of Felixstowe, it is worthwhile to think about using sea freight to transport your goods safely from Turkey to the UK.

Tebadul International Trade offers integrated services with sea freight from Turkey providing a practical (and occasionally safer) alternative to road transportation.

How Tebadul could be a Trustful Partner and Help You to Achieve your Goals?

Tebadul International Company shows you the diversity and quality of different Turkish food products in many famous factories. It also provides you with all the information about the methods of importing Turkish goods of all kinds.

It shows customers all the specifications of products and quality, and the easiest ways to choose the product and manufacturer following the appropriate prices, as well as shipping, sorting, classification and packaging services.

For support and inquiries, contact the company's team to answer your questions, and provide you with all the information you need.


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