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THE UK INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT SERVICES INDUSTRY

Turkey or Turkiye?

Over the last few weeks, BIFA has received several enquiries regarding the impact of Turkey’s name change from its anglicised version to the Turkish version Turkiye. International organisations like the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and NATO have already adopted Türkiye following a formal request from the Turkish authorities.

BIFA contacted HMRC on this matter, who had to first liaise with other government Departments potentially impacted by the name change.  We have established, and been asked by HMRC to advise our Members, that government will continue to refer to “Turkey” in their guidance and other public materials.   Therefore, there is no intention to amend, or expectation for industry to amend, certificates of origin, carnets, or invoices.

In most cases, it is expected that invoices and other commercial documents would use a 2-character country code anyway, which would reflect either name reference; in Turkey’s ( or should it be Turkiye’ s )  case this would be the identifier, ‘TR’.

If this information changes we will update Members as soon as possible.



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