The Ministry of Economy is responsible for the conformity assessment of certain imported goods such as toys, medical devices, telecommunication products, personal protective equipment, machinery, electrical equipment, gas appliances, etc. and also some industrial raw materials and the quality control of some agricultural products at both export and import stages.
Since inspecting 100% of goods at export and import stage resulted in a heavy burden on government and the private sector, the Ministry of Economy launched a tailor-made system ‘Risk-Based Trade Control System (TAREKS)’ designed to carry out quality and safety checks electronically and on a risk basis.
Upon the completion of the system’s software framework, a pilot implementation phase started in December 2010 with some selected agricultural products. Following successful results, the scope of the pilot was widened both in export and import. During this phase, firms started to apply for inspection and uploaded supporting data or documents via the 24/7 system by means of electronic signature. In this way, firms are now able to follow their inspection applications and results. For this new type of service, all inspectors were equipped with notebook computers and wireless internet access.
Creating this project and involving all potential actors (customs authorities, designated inspection bodies, private companies) required institutional strengthening and capacity building. Thus, tailored training programmes were organised in different regions and cities for companies, inspectors and other stakeholders. The scope has been expanded to include programmes in IT and legislation, case studies and exercises. Integrating all transactions into the system – a good database comprising all applications and statistical data – has been established to determine the inspection policy and conduct the risk analysis.
Rather than subjecting all export and import consignments to controls, TAREKS applies risk assessment procedures and focuses on high-risk consignments. Thereby, the scarce inspection resources are only concentrated on unsafe and poor quality products; thus reducing the waiting period at customs, and increasing the efficiency of inspections.
Consequently, Turkey has acquired an advanced quality and safety inspection system which reduces bureaucratic procedures, replaces paper documentation by trustworthy and updated electronic data, and enables the efficient use of public resources.
|Award category:||weathering the storm. creative solutions in a time of crisis - european and national level|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Trade, web, risk analysis, e-Signature, inspection|
|Short English description:||Since inspecting 100% of goods at export and import stage resulted in a heavy burden on government and the private sector, the Ministry of Economy launched a tailor-made system ‘Risk-Based Trade Control System (TAREKS)’ designed to carry out quality and safety checks electronically and on a risk basis.|
|Organisation:||Ministry of Economy of Turkey, DG Product Safety and Inspection|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||other European country|