In August 2014, Turkey introduced customs duties and testing requirements on footwear imports that were contrary to the Customs Union. Since then, FTA has raised the issue with the EU Commission and European Parliament on a number of occasions. In response, besides the issue being discussed with Member States at the EU Commission’s Market Access Advisory Committee, the Commission has raised the issue with Turkish authorities at the highest level. It has also been discussed at the European Parliament’s Turkey Monitoring Group.
In order to ensure that the two bodies continue to be aware of the issue and how EU footwear companies are affected, FTA has issued a joint statement, co-signed by the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) and the European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA), that includes details of the cost of the duties and tests during the first year of the measures (i.e. August 2014 – August 2015) and once more specifies how the measures contravene the Customs Union. The statement has been sent to Commissioner Malmström’s cabinet, the Market Access Unit of DG Trade, members of the European Parliament’s INTA Committee (including the head of the Turkey Monitoring Group), and to Member States.
The issue should be discussed once again at the next Market Access Advisory Committee later this month.
By Stuart Newman, Legal Adviser, FTA