EU examines Turkish trade border

EU examines Turkish trade border

Reforming the customs union between the European Union (EU) and Turkey would boost the key EU-Turkish textiles and clothing trade, the European Parliament’s international trade committee has said.

A communiqué said despite industrial goods traded between Turkey and the EU being duty free, “customs union mechanisms need to be fully functional, bureaucracy simplified, and remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers removed.”

It wants abolished “all unnecessary barriers to EU-Turkey trade, such as non-recognition of certification, duplicative testing, multiple inspections, technical regulations and standards.”

Because Turkey is a key exporter to the EU, especially regarding clothing, MEPs were particularly concerned about “non-tariff barriers faced by Turkish exporters”.

These include difficulties for Turkish businessmen and lorry drivers in securing visas from EU member states.

Another problem is Turkey’s difficulty securing free trade agreements (FTAs) with non-EU countries with EU FTAs.

The EU-Turkey customs union means these non-EU countries access Turkey duty-free, “but Turkish exporters do not have reciprocal access,” noted the committee.