Anadolu 30 November 2016
Moldova added to Turkey’s roster of free trade deals
Reporting by Seval Ocak Adiyaman; Writing by Tuba Şahin;
With the publication this month of regulations spelling out Turkey’s new free trade agreement with Moldova, Turkey now boasts 19 such deals with various countries and blocs.
According to data compiled by Anadolu Agency, under the deal, Turkey has entirely eliminated custom duties for industrial goods imported from Moldova, while Moldova has done the same for 97 percent of industrial products coming from Turkey.
The deal, a milestone pact for economic and commercial ties between Turkey and Moldova, will allow Turkish exporters unprecedented duty-free access to Moldova, one of the region’s emerging markets. Mutual investments and associated enterprises are also expected to boost trade between the two countries.
In addition to Moldova, Turkey now has free trade deals with Israel, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Albania, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, Chile, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Korea, and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), made up of Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein.
Although Turkey and Syria had a free trade pact, it is currently suspended due to the ongoing conflict in the region.
Regulations are still being drawn up for the free trade deals Turkey has signed with Lebanon, Kosovo, the Faroe Islands, and Singapore.
Turkey is also hoping to reach free trade deals with the U.S., Canada, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Algeria, and South Africa, as well as other countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific regions, and the Central American Common Market countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica).