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TURKISH CUSTOMS: WHAT IS ATR1 CERTIFICATE?

What is A.TR Circulation Certificate?

It is a document issued by the customs administration or by the institutions authorized by this administration in order to ensure that the goods in free circulation in Turkey or the EU can benefit from the preferential regime within the framework of the Turkey-European Union customs agreement.

This document allows certain types of goods to be imported duty-free between the two parties. We can also say that it is a document that allows you to benefit from discounted or free customs tariffs. For the export of duty-free goods of third countries that are not covered by the ATR Circulation Certificate, a EUR1 certificate must be obtained. EUR.1 Circulation Certificate is a document that serves to prove the origin of the goods.

What Does A.TR Roaming Certificate Mean?

A.TR Movement Certificate is the abbreviation of the French word “Admission Temporaire Roulette”. In English, it is called A.TR Movement Certificate. It states that goods from European countries are in free circulation in Turkey before being exported from Turkey to other European Union countries. Likewise, it means that goods between European Union countries are in free circulation within the EU before being exported to Turkey. In other words, this document proves the customs status of the goods.

When trading in customs union products, the origin of the products does not matter if there is an A.TR Circulation Certificate. The A.TR Circulation Certificate does not show the origin of the goods. The only condition for the issuance of the document is that the goods are transported from free circulation. In order for goods brought from outside the EU to be exported to the EU, that is, in order to issue an A.TR Movement Certificate, they must first enter free circulation.

Difference Between A.TR Circulation Certificate and EUR.1 Circulation Certificate

A.TR Certificate of Circulation and EUR.1 Certificate of Circulation are similar in that they allow traders to import goods from certain countries at a reduced rate or without paying any tax. However, the biggest difference between them is the tax exemption.

In order to benefit from the tax exemption, goods with EUR.1 circulation certificate must originate from the EU. However, there is no need for such a situation in the A.TR document. As long as the exporter country is Turkey, the importer country is an EU member country and the nature of the goods is appropriate, the advantages of the A.TR Roaming Certificate can be utilized.

How to Obtain A.TR Roaming Certificate?

Turkey issued by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Customs brokers or consulting firms for the ATR Certificate of Circulation can arrange the documents electronically and get them approved. Sales and approval for circulation documents are made by the chambers. In the applications to be made electronically, the form containing information such as company name, company tax number, company official’s name and T.C., company official’s phone number and e-mail address and fixed IP address should be filled out and sent to the e-mail address of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (medos@tobb.org.tr).

After the registration form is added to the system, information will be sent to your e-mail address. Then you can start to execute the Certificate of Circulation process after confirming the PIN code from the official page of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey.

Countries where A.TR Roaming Certificate is issued

The A.TR certificate of circulation is a trade agreement valid only for Turkey and EU member states. It enables exports to EU countries with favorable tax rates. The countries where the A.TR Roaming Certificate is issued are Belgium, Denmark, Malta, Slovenia,Czech Republic, Portugal, Latvia, Cyprus,Bulgaria, Sweden,Luxembourg, Lithuania, Austria, Germany,Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Finland, Spain, Greece, Italy, France and Hungary. Since the UK is not member of the EU anymore, it has signed the UK-Turkey Free Trade Agreement instead, with its own regulations and directives and effective since January 1, 2021.

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