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Hi there everyone,This is my first post but will post an introduction on the Meet and Greet section at some point soon to give you all an insight into my life both in Turkey and the UK.I have been reading this thread and would love some advice on my situation. My online business is expanding into the Turkish market and I am getting more and more people asking me to send them stuff to Turkey. Obviously this means that I'll have to declare the goods I send as commercial, rather than just ticking the gift tick box. I don't seem to be able to find hard rules anywhere about customs once the items arrive in Turkey or how it all works. I am mainly selling home accessories of a low value so I don't think there will be any customs to pay. Also, the HMRC have told me I will need to provide an ATR certificate for each item I send, but that costs about 15 quid and there's loads of paperwork etc so that's ridiculous. Surely I can't be expected to do this for every item when the item value might only be a tenner? That doesn't seem like much of a customs agreement between the two countries!I've come to the conclusion that most people must be ticking the gift tick box whether it's a gift or not, but I am one of life's worriers and feel like if I get to a point when I am sending a dozen parcels a day to Turkey, it might start looking suspicious when I say they're all gifts!I've decided to only send items signed for, even though that's the costly way and might stop customers buying from me, but from reading threads like this one, it seems signed for is the only sensible way.I noticed some of you have been involved with trade between the Uk and Turkey in the past so I would love to hear what you make of the above (what the HMRC have said etc.)Thanks in advance.

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I don't know much about customs regulations but here's a link to the customs web site: DEAD LINK You will have to click on English for a translation. Sorry I haven't got time to wade through it all but you will have a better idea of what you are looking for than me. I hope it helps.

 

Moderator Note: The dead link was to the old Turkish customs website. That site has been replaced by this one: http://www.gtb.gov.tr/, but unfortunately the new customs site doesn't have an English option.

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