Focus: Turkey


The ``Communiqué 31297 - On inspection of some textile, apparel and leather products``, of 7 November 2020 established that the products listed in Annex 1 of the Communication will be subject to risk assessment through the TAREKS system starting from 1 January 2021.

With the entry into force of this press release, the range of products subject to risk assessment is expanded through the TAREKS system, which is currently mainly provided for products subject to CE marking, costume and jewelry.

The TAREKS System is based on a web application through which, following the registration made by the importer, the Turkish Authorities carry out a risk assessment and possibly can request a physical inspection of the products, through the selection of samples that must be tested by accredited laboratories, at the expense of the Importer.

In there is a positive result, the Authorities will issue a reference number (TAREKS number) which must be reported in the customs bill (box 44).

The Communiqué 31297 also specifies that for products escorted by AT.R the TAREKS number will be automatically issued, allowing them to be freely imported into Turkey without further checks.

Based on their customs entries, some of the products subject to risk assessment are (see Annex 1):

(41) Skins (other than for furs) and leather;

(42) Articles of leather; saddlery and harness items; travel articles, purses, handbags and similar containers, articles of guts;

(43) Fur skins and artificial fur; related works;

(50 to 63) Textile products;

(64) Footwear and parts of footwear;

(6504 and 650) Hats and headgear;

(9404) Mattresses and sleeping bags, other bedding and similar articles;

(9607b) Zippers.


Centrocot technicians can support Companies to better deal with this procedure and perform the tests being an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.

For information contact Barbara Albertini International Technical Area:


Author: Barbara Albertini

International Technical Dept.