Turkey tightens restrictions on goods purchased from abroad

Turkey has further tightened restrictions on buying goods from abroad by placing a limit of 5 items per person and five sample products per company in one month.

The restrictions follow the lifting of customs tax exemption in May for items arriving into the country totalling less than 22 euros, independent news site T24 reported on Tuesday.  

The country last month also introduced a 0.1.transaction tax for purchases of foreign currency, as part of a move to help boost the beleaguered lira.

The new regulation published in the Official Gazette, includes personal items, sample items for businesses, books and other printed publications and is set to go into effect on July 14. 

Turkey charges a customs tax of 18 percent for items arriving from EU countries and 20 percent for items arriving from non-EU countries.