Turkey tightens grip on Chinese EV imports with stringent regulations

  • Industry News
  • Dec 15,23
The Turkish Trade Ministry recently issued a decree stating that companies importing electric vehicles (EVs) must have a minimum of 140 authorised service stations evenly distributed across the country.
Turkey tightens grip on Chinese EV imports with stringent regulations

Turkey is intensifying its scrutiny of Chinese electric vehicle imports, joining a growing list of countries taking similar measures. This move follows the European Union's initiation of an investigation into China's electric vehicle subsidies. The Turkish Trade Ministry recently issued a decree stating that companies importing electric vehicles (EVs) must have a minimum of 140 authorised service stations evenly distributed across the country. Additionally, they are required to establish a dedicated call center for each EV brand.

The stringent conditions imposed by the decree are widely perceived as targeting Chinese EVs. Notably, imports from the European Union and countries with free-trade agreements with Turkey are exempt from these regulations. However, importers dealing with Chinese vehicles have a tight deadline until the end of the month to comply, a task considered extremely challenging for many companies.

This sudden policy shift poses a setback for businesses engaged in the sale of Chinese cars in Turkey, which is the sixth-largest auto market in Europe. Industry players are actively seeking modifications to the regulations or, at the very least, a postponement to mitigate the disruptive impact.

Erol Sahin, the CEO of automotive consultancy EBS, highlighted the tough nature of the rules, stating, "Not a single brand is in compliance as of today." One major challenge arises from the mandate requiring importers to establish service stations themselves, complicating deals with authorised third-party services, Sahin explained.

Source: Bloomberg

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