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Mersin (TRMER), Turkey, Med


Mersin (TRMER), Turkey, Med
TCDD Liman Isletmesi Mudurlugu, Mersin, Turkey
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'Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş, Yenimahalle 101. Cad 5307. Sok. No:5 33100 Mersin - Turkey
14 million
10 million tons

Requirements to ship to the ports

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.

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.

It 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.

One copy of the document must be surrendered to customs authorities at the time of importation.

Details 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.

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.

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. Inspection of imported products is regulated by the Communique on Import Inspection of Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

Importing products such as pharmaceuticals; organic chemicals, especially those used to produce medicines and medical products; vaccines for both humans and animals; chemicals used in cleaning and the food industry; live animals and plants; grains and plant seeds; and hormones require control certificates from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture. Upon entry of specific food and agricultural products, the importer should be prepared to present the approved Control Certificate (if required) together with originals of invoice, ingredient list, Certificate of Origin, veterinary health certificate or plant health certificate, etc., as well as other import documentation such as the bill of lading.

About the port

The port stretches to about 25 kilometres south-west of the city of Tarsus and about 90 nautical miles north-west of the Port of Lattakia in Syria. The port also has a capacity to accommodate 30 vessels and 14 million tonnes of cargo annually.


The Port of Mersin is the main port serving eastern Mediterranean agriculture andindustry which marks its economic value. The depth of the port is from 14 to 14.5 meters. Vessels less than 15 thousand GRT can enter and leave the port at any time. The container terminal covers a huge land of about 251.4 thousand square meters, and the container yard of the port has the capacity for 10,000 TEUs.


This port was built by the Roman Empire, but people inhabited the region long before that. With the onset of the 1970s, the Port of Mersin remained a provincial centre with seaside orchards and clean empty beaches. Today, it is has become a busy modern port quickly spreading out along the coastline.


The railway infrastructure within the Port of Mersin is one of the best in Turkey. The port's rail connection brings heavy freight train traffic to Mersin, via the Adana-Mersin MainLine. Though not a well-known tourist destination, but it does not fail to offer the travellers with a wonderful place to relax and delve into the distant past