Trouble Selling in Turkey? Solutions to the additional EU customs duties and other trade barriers

Turkey has imposed additional customs duties on nine product categories, from textile, apparel and footwear products, to electrical appliances.  It is expected that more products will be targeted in the future, including possibly medical devices. These duties do not affect goods originating in the EU, but are imposed on goods that are in the EU but made elsewhere, or even goods transformed in the EU when the transformation is not sufficient to confer EU customs origin. These duties breach several of Turkey’s international commitments, and in particular the WTO and the EU-Turkey customs union. Join Green Lane, The Alliance of European Customs and Trade Law Firms, in discussing why these duties are illegal, what can be done and by whom.

Discussion Topics

  • Incompatibility of the additional customs duties with the WTO
  • Incompatibility with the EU-Turkey customs union
  • What can be done, by whom?
  • Protecting yourself from trade harassment and retaliation


  • Yves Melin, Partner, McGuireWoods Brussels LLP
  • Stuart Newman, Legal Advisor, Foreign Trade Association
  • Godfried Smit, Senior Project Manager, EVO
  • Jikke Biermasz, Advocaat, Kneppelhout (Moderator)


McGuireWoods LLP
Rue des Colonies 56
Box 3
1000 Brussels


1 pm: Lunch and registration
2 pm: Programme
4:30 pm: Drinks and canapés

Who should attend?

Companies that have to pay the additional customs duties to sell to Turkey or that face barriers to trade


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