After Turkey’s recent change to executive presidency, the President has made some changes in the government system. Accordingly, instead of the previous two ministries that have been the Ministry of Customs and Trade and the Ministry of Economy, there will be only one Ministry of Trade. As a result, through the Presidential Decree on Presidential Organization No. 1 published on 10.07.2018, the Ministry of Trade (the “Ministry”) now has the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio. Although the General Directorate of Imports is now affiliated with the Ministry of Trade, the recent changes remain at a ministerial level and the Board of Evaluation of Unfair Competition in Imports (within the General Directorate of Imports) is yet responsible for resolving matters with respect to actions and measures to be taken with the aim of protecting an industry against damage caused by dumped and/or subsidized imports in case of unfair competition. During the third quarter of 2018, the Ministry has initiated a number of anti-circumvention investigations and announced its decisions upon concluding several of the ongoing expiry review investigations. As in the past, the Ministry has announced its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

Below is a bullet-point summary of the status of the trade defense cases initiated, concluded or amended during the 3rd quarter of 2018:

  • Communiqué No. 2018/27 dated August 15th, 2018 concerning the withdrawn application regarding imports of terephthalic acid originating from Republic of Korea, Spain and Belgium:
  • Communiqué No. 2018/28 dated September 5th, 2018 concerning several imports originating from People’s Republic of China:
  • Communiqué No. 2018/33 dated September 7th, 2018 concerning the imports of woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn under the CN Code 54.07 and woven fabrics of synthetic yarn or artificial staple fibers under CN Codes 55.13, 55.14, 55.15 and 55.16 originating from Greece:
  • Currently, anti-dumping duties are imposed to the imports of woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn under the CN Code 54.07 originating from People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan as per the Communiqué No. 2015/3 and to the imports of woven fabrics of synthetic yarn or artificial staple fibers under CN Codes 55.13, 55.14, 55.15 and 55.16 originating from People’s Republic of China as per the Communiqué No. 2013/10. After the completion of anti-circumvention investigations, the Ministry decided to include (i) the Philippines with respect to products under the CN Code 54.07 (see Communiqué No. 2006/30), (ii) Bulgaria with respect to products under the CN Code 54.07, and CN Codes 55.13, 55.14, 55.15 and 55.16 (see Communiqués No. 2015/41 and 2015/40 respectively) and (i) Poland with respect to products under CN Codes 55.13, 55.14, 55.15 and 55.16 (see Communiqué No. 2015/40). With the Communiqué No. 2018/33 dated September 7th, 2018, the Ministry initiated an anti-circumvention investigation regarding the imports of woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn and woven fabrics of synthetic yarn or artificial staple fibers originating from Greece.
  • Communiqué No. 2018/29 dated September 8th, 2018 concerning the imports of polyester textured yarn (polyester) originating from Republic of India and Chinese Taipei:
  • Communiqué No. 2018/30 dated September 8th, 2018 concerning the imports of unvulcanized rubber yarn and fabric originating from Thailand:
  • Communiqué No. 2018/32 dated September 8th, 2018 concerning the imports of products classified as “others (Electric, Storage Water Heater)” originating from People's Republic of China, Italy and Serbia:
  • Communiqué No. 2018/31 dated September 26th, 2018 concerning the imports of products classified as “glass fiber-reinforced materials” originating from Egypt

(First published by Mondaq on October 10, 2018)