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Turkey must stop protectionists measures

The European Shippers’ Council has urged the European Commission to stop the violation of additional customs duties on goods entering from the European Union.

On the basis of the 1995 Customs Union between Turkey and the EU, the import of goods should be possible without any duty imposed. In the course of this very year however, Turkey started to levy additional duties on footwear, textile, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, beef and alcoholic spirits. The income from these levies should support the Turkish economy.

This implies that there is a protectionist background to these measures. According to  the ESC,  the European Commission has not done enough to end the violation of the agreement between Turkey and the EU.


The ESC has offered the Commission to further clarify the scope of the Turkish measures and its financial impact. Members who are confronted with these measures are requested to contact Godfried Smit (

This article was posted on July 29th, 2015 by Godfried Smit under News