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Gemlik (TRGEM), Bursa, Turkey

Gemlik

Gemlik (TRGEM), Bursa, Turkey
ADDRESS
Kocacukur Mevkii, P.K. 101, Gemlik 16600, Turkey
EMAIL
Text Link
gemport@gemport.com.tr
FAX
224 524 88 30
CORPORATE OFFICE
ANNUAL CARGO TONNAGE
341 thousand TEUs
ANNUAL CONTAINER VOLUME
200 thousand TEUs.

Requirements to ship to the ports

An importer needs only a tax number to import all but restricted items, which include firearms, hazardous materials, and other products that may be imported by authorized establishments only or for which approval from relevant Turkish government agencies are required.

Turkish documentation procedures require that a commercial invoice and bill of lading or airway bill accompany all commercial shipments. Depending on the type of product, importers may be required to submit a Certificate of Origin. Import licenses and phytosanitary certificates are necessary for food and agricultural commodity imports.

Companies selling to the Turkish market must submit evidence of conformity compliance (CE Mark) either by providing a conformity certificate from a notified body or a manufacturer-issued declaration of conformity, which declares compliance with all relevant standards and directive annexes. The declaration of conformity must mention the applicable directive(s), the name of the manufacturer or its authorized representative, the name of the notified body (if involved), product information and reference to harmonized standards. If the notified body is also involved in the process, the type of examination certificate should also be submitted.

The commercial invoice must be submitted in triplicate, including the original copy and must contain a complete description, quantity, unit cost, HS code, delivery method of the goods and country of origin as well as all required payment terms and letters of credit, if the transaction was actualized through this payment method.

Certificate of OriginIt is required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes, certifying the country of origin of specified goods. The certificate of origin is to be prepared in duplicate. No corrections are permitted on this document, and it should be in English. A Certificate of Origin is usually prepared by the exporter or the freight forwarder and notarized and attested to by a local Chamber of Commerce or a World Trade Center. The Turkish Embassy or Consulate in the United States must certify the Certificate of Origin. One copy of the document must be surrendered to customs authorities at the time of importation.

Bill of Lading/Airway BillDetails in the bill of lading should correspond exactly to those given in other shipping documents. The original bill of lading should be submitted along with three copies.

The pro forma invoice must not be more than six months old at the time of application. The words “pro forma” must be included on the document. It must contain an unexpired option (if appropriate), indicate freight and insurance charges separately, and bear the importer's name as well as the description, unit price, quantity and delivery/payment method of specified goods. Products falling under the EU New Approach Directives must be accompanied by either a self-declaration of conformity or a notified body’s issued certificate of conformity to be allowed entry into the Turkish market.

Special health certificates are required for imports of plants, seeds, live animals and animal products. Plants, including fruits and vegetables, must be substantially free from pests and diseases and must have been grown in an area substantially free from prohibited pests and diseases. Additional information may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS inspects and certifies that plants, plant products and live animals and animal products conform to health and sanitary/ phytosanitary requirements as required by Turkish regulations.

Alcohol can be imported by the private sector by obtaining license and permission from the Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Drinks Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK), an independent regulatory body

Importers are required to obtain a control certificate from the Ministry of Environment for materials considered detrimental to the environment. Such materials include hard coal, lignite, pet coke, petroleum, arsenic, mercury, lead sulfides and carbonates, fluorocarbons, other chemicals and scrap metals.

Products requiring after-sales service such as motor vehicles, household electrical goods, office equipment and computers, cash registers, TV and video equipment, heaters, gas-fired burners, industrial machinery, automobiles, and wireless equipment require an import permit from the Ministry of Trade. To obtain such a permit, importers must guarantee that they will provide service and spare parts either by establishing offices or by signing agreements with existing service/parts firms.

About the port

Facilitating the import and export of Gemlik olives and olive oil to neighbouring countries, the port’s sea transportation has key importance in commercial activities. Gemlik locally known as Gemport is also famous for its Kursunlu beaches within the district.

Handling

The Gulf of Gemlik covers a large space and extends up to 35 km from east to west, 10–15 km from north to south, and is 100-150 meters deep. The port’s container terminal covers 450 thousand square metres and handles 341 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo.

History

The Port of Gemlik was first used by Milesian colony of Kios for sea-borne trade during the period of 625-555 BC due to its excellent strategic position. Invaded by Goths, Arabs, Crusaders, and the Seljuks, the port finally gained its freedom in 1922 with the population of Gemlik boarding eleven cargo ships bound for Greece.

Importance

Containing 8 berths which specialise in handling dry bulk and general cargo, containers and roll-on/off cargoes the port has managed to diversify its activities. The Port of Gemlik warehousing services offers customer-focused facilities meeting the standards of international logistics. All this makes the port become a major key driver of the region’s economy.