EU Facilitates Trade in Turkey Through Better Customs Laboratories
Over the past two years, the European Union supported Turkey in trade facilitation by enhancing the administrative and technical capacity of customs laboratories. The Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkçi, the Head of EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger and Ambassador of Italy to Turkey, HE Luigi Mattiolo, assessed the achievements of this collaborative project at its closing ceremony on Tuesday, 14 November, in Ankara.
The EU-funded twinning project assisted the Turkish Customs Administration to strengthen the capacity of customs laboratories, providing operators at the same time with good quality services and uniform procedures.
The project also contributed towards further alignment with EU procedures and working methods in the area of customs. The involved Italian and Dutch customs experts developed tailored solutions to gaps and needs identified in the relevant Turkish legislation, as well as the organisational structure, laboratory procedures and quality management system of the Turkish Customs Administration. Project beneficiaries exchanged their experiences and attended intensive training programmes and study visits, all geared towards bringing Turkish customs procedures and capacities closer in line with EU ones.
Summing up the relevance of the project for trade facilitation, the Head of EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: “Customs laboratories have an important supporting role in facilitating legitimate trade while providing for the security of supply chains.”
The project was successfully implemented in cooperation with the Turkish Customs Administration and a consortium of Italian and Dutch customs administrations, with a total budget of € 1.5 million, over a period of twenty-two months.
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