Even If We Buy Chewing Gum From Abroad, We Will Pay Customs Duty

The state initially applied tax exemption up to 75 euros to the shipments coming to Turkey from abroad via postal or fast cargo transportation so that citizens could shop from abroad more easily. This tax exemption was later reduced to 30 euros, and finally to 22 euros in 2016.

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Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, in his statement on February 27, signaled that new taxes might come for products coming from e-commerce sites abroad. The expected taxes have finally arrived and the tax exemption has been removed for products purchased abroad through online shopping platforms.

According to the decision, which will come into effect after 15 days, you will have to pay taxes even for your 1 euro purchases from international e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Alibaba. The taxes will be 18% for products from the European Union and 20% for products from other countries.

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