The Turkish Ministry of Trade is the ministry responsible for supporting exporters and businessmen and protecting producers and consumers. in Turkey.

The Ministry of Trade in Turkey aims to implement the customs and trade policy of the Turkish Republic, in addition to increasing the competitiveness of Turkish products abroad.

Turkish Ministry of Trade

About the Turkish Ministry of Trade

The Ministry of Trade in Turkey is the ministry responsible for commercial and customs transactions in Turkey.

The Ministry of Commerce aims to lead the sustainable economic growth of Turkey by ensuring that trade is more competitive, faster, and safer, by encouraging high-tech, high-value-added exports.

The 16 stars around the emblem of the Turkish Ministry of Trade are a general logo for the ministries in Turkey and the Presidency of the Republic symbolize 16 independent Turkish states throughout history. The interior design of the ministry’s logo symbolizes the components of the Turkish flag, including a crescent moon, a star, and a red color.

History of the Turkish Ministry of Trade

The Ministry of Trade appeared in Turkey during the era of Sultan Mahmud II during the rule of the Ottoman Empire after the adoption of the Tanzimat Decree in 1838 under the name of the Council of the Agriculture and Trade Commission.

The first Ministry of Trade in Turkish history was named the “Ministry of Trade and Agriculture” in 1840, and it has continued to provide its services from then until now.

After the establishment of the Turkish Republic, and in 1924 the Ministry of Trade was established, which continued to operate separately until it was merged with the Ministry of Agriculture under the name “Ministry of Economy”.

In its history, the Ministry of Trade merged with many other ministries, most notably the Ministry of Industry, Mining, and Agriculture.

The Turkish Ministry of Trade settled on its current organization by a republican decision issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on July 10, 2018.

Trade in the Ottoman Empire

The administrative structure of the Ministry of Trade in Turkey

The administrative structure of the Turkish Ministry of Trade consists of many directorates and institutions, most notably:

Central institutions

  • Press and Public Relations Consulting
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Support Services Department
  • General Directorate of External Representations and International Events
  • General Directorate of Traders, Craftsmen and Cooperatives
  • Ethics Committee
  • The General Directorate of Customs
  • Directorate General of Customs Control
  • General Directorate of Legal Services
  • Internal audit unit
  • General Directorate of Internal Trade
  • The General Directorate of Export
  • General Directorate of Import
  • General Directorate of Personnel
  • Department of Guidance and Inspection
  • General Directorate of Risk Management, Liquidation and Revolving Fund
  • General Directorate of Free Zones, Investment and Foreign Services
  • Strategy Development Department
  • General Directorate of Commercial Research
  • General Directorate of Consumer Protection and Market Control
  • Directorate General of International Agreements and the European Union
  • General Directorate of Product Safety and Inspection

In addition, the Turkish Ministry of Trade owns directorates in all Turkish regions, most notably “Aegean Region, Central Anatolia, Western Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Marmara Region, Black Sea Region, Trakia Region”, in addition to directorates in all Turkish states.

The organizational structure of the Turkish Ministry of Trade also includes representations outside the borders of the republic in many countries of the world.

Tasks of the Turkish Ministry of Trade

According to the laws and the constitution in Turkey, the Ministry of Trade is entrusted with carrying out the following tasks:

  1. Take the necessary measures to provide and direct the expected contributions of foreign capital to the country’s development.
  2. Assist in defining the main objectives and policies related to internal and external trade services and labor and to ensure the necessary coordination in order to improve the specific foreign trade policy.
  3. Conducting market surveillance and inspection of consumer products.
  4. Take legal and administrative measures to provide and protect consumer rights that are internationally accepted, and conduct checks and regulations to ensure consumer protection.
  5. Take and implement the necessary measures for structuring economic activities towards foreign trade and conduct studies on the implementation and coordination of these measures by relevant public and private institutions and organizations.
  6. Take all necessary measures regarding the trade of national and international services, including foreign contracts and products, in order to make internal and external trade in the interest of the national economy.
  7. Organizing and coordinating the principles related to the implementation of internal and external trade policies in the use of the powers and duties granted to public institutions and organizations under the various legislations.
  8. Assist in preparing and implementing customs policy. Ensure the implementation and supervision of customs services in a speedy, efficient and effective manner, in accordance with applicable standards
  9. Preparation of customs tariff. To collect, collect, follow up and control customs duties, taxes, funds and other financial burdens that must be collected by customs administrations; Implementation of deferred and post-monitoring surveillance services; Organize and execute transactions related to settlement in disputed cases; To produce, collect, evaluate and explain statistical information on customs affairs.
  10. Allow the opening, operation, operation and supervision of temporary storage areas, warehouses, warehouses, logistical centers, liquidation warehouses, shops and sales departments. Carrying out procedures for the liquidation of the liquidated goods according to customs legislation.
  11. Follow-up of roads, railways, air and sea ports in the context of the customs department, free zones, warehouses, customs places, and the field of customs enforcement, and perform their duties in the customs area of ​​the Republic of Turkey.
  12. Ensure coordination in customs bonded areas and areas and take measures to prevent disturbance of public order.
  13. Follow up on the work of international organizations and the European Union in relation to the ministry’s services, conduct coordination studies with the European Union, and form opinions on these issues.
  14. Coordination with chambers of commerce, chambers of industry, commerce and industry, maritime chambers of commerce, trade exchange, the Federation of Turkish Chambers and Exchanges, and cooperation with other ministries.
  15. Working with the aim of defining the policies, principles and objectives of merchants, craftsmen and cooperatives in cooperation with relevant organizations and setting strategies
  16. To undertake and supervise services related to companies, cooperatives, commercial registry offices, merchant registries and craftsmen.
  17. Make the necessary arrangements and supervise the customs advisors, their assistants and the approved customs advisors.
  18. Take the necessary measures to expand the scope of exports from the market and its products, and develop and implement support methods for that in order to increase the incoming share of global trade and ensure an increase in sustainable exports.
  19. Taking the necessary measures regarding achieving imports for the benefit of the country’s economy, protecting domestic industry, and implementing trade policy defense tools.
  20. To ensure that the activities, communications and regulations of other institutions and organizations that affect the internal and external trade policy are in line with the general trade policy, to ensure coordination and implementation of these activities, communications and regulations in cooperation with the relevant institutions and organizations.
  21. Organizing bilateral meetings with foreign countries and international organizations in the Republic of Turkey, to coordinate regional and multilateral trade and economic relations, implement agreements and conclude them within the framework of legislation related to these issues, to follow up their work on issues that fall within the Ministry’s powers and competencies. International organizations and express opinion on these issues.
  22. Ensure that products subject to foreign trade are safe and in compliance with legislation and standards.
  23. Carry out other duties assigned by laws or presidential decrees.
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Contact the Turkish Ministry of Trade

You can easily contact the Ministry of Trade in Turkey at the following address:

SÖĞÜTÖZÜ YERLEŞKESİ Söğütözü Mah. 2176. Sk. No: 63 06530

Or by visiting the official website of the Turkish Ministry of Trade in English.

You can also call the following phone number for the call center:


For cases of reporting smuggling of goods, you can file a report with the Ministry of Commerce by clicking here and filling out the form.

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Abdullah Habib

The Founder of Turkpidya, an Egyptian student from mixed Turkish descent. A multilingual man passionate about Turkey and writing. A material scientist and engineer.


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