Turkey Free Trade Zones

There are currently 21 free trade zones in Turkey offering an attractive business climate to investors through tax exemptions and various other incentives.

Advantages of Free Trade Zones

  • Exceptional access and ability to sell to a large domestic Turkish market
  • Low cost of labour and land in free trade zones
  • Free international revenue and earnings transfers
  • Low income or corporate tax
  • No VAT or special consumption taxes
  • Foreign trade free of legal restrictions
  • Freedom to use any convertible foreign currency
  • No customs duty requirement for imported goods
  • Easy access to Turkish ports
  • No bank transaction taxes
  • No restrictions on the quality and price of products
  • Unlimited foreign capital involvement in investment allowed
  • Modern, attractive and spacious business premises with infrastructure
  • Lockouts and strikes are forbidden
  • No limitations on the amount of time a product can remain in the free trade zone
  • All advantages available to all firms regardless of origin

Operating in a Free Trade Zone

Once we have incorporated your company, we can obtain an Operating Licence from Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade Directorate General on your behalf which stands for any period between 10 and 30 years.

All kinds of business activity can be carried out within free trade zones which offer office spaces and warehouses to rent with attractive terms, while investors also have the option to either lease a workplace or construct their own premises within the Free Trade Zone.

Application for an Operating License

We will supply you with a License Application Form for you to complete. We will then review this to ensure it is completed correctly.

You must deposit a $5,000 application fee into the Central Bank of The Republic of Turkey.

We will liaise with the General Directorate of Free Zones on your behalf. If you application in deemed favourable we will supply you with a Lease Agreement which must be signed and returned to the General Directorate within 30 days.

If your application is deemed unfavourable your application fee will be returned.

Free Trade Zones In Turkey

  • Adana-Yumurtalık
  • Aegean
  • Antalya
  • Bursa
  • Denizli
  • East Anatolian
  • European
  • Gaziantep
  • Istanbul Atatürk Airport
  • Istanbul Leather and Industry
  • Istanbul Thrace
  • Izmir Menemen Leather
  • Kayseri
  • Kocaeli
  • Mardin
  • Mersin
  • Rize
  • Samsun
  • Trabzon
  • Tübitak Marmara Research Ctr Tech

Adana-Yumurtalık Free Trade Zone

The Adana-Yumurtalık zone is , on the Iskenduner Bay coast.

Activities which can be carried out in the Adana-Yumurtalık Free Trade Zone include:

  • Trade
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Rentals
  • Production
  • Storage
  • Engineering

The Adana-Yumurtalık FTZ is established and operated by the private sector. The land is provided by the Turkish government.

Adana-Yumurtalık Advantages

  • The Adana Yumurtalik Free Trade Zone is exempt from all taxes associated with business operations such as Corporate Tax as well as VAT
  • Close proximity to international trade routes - the site is located close to three continents
  • 100% foreign investment allowed
  • Foreign trade regulation are not applicable between Adana-Yumurtalik and other countries or Free Trade Zones
  • Low labour costs within the zone permitted due to exemption from income tax on salaries and wages
  • Gateway for import and export activities

Aegean Free Trade Zone

The Aegean free trade zone is designed for hi-tech industries and commercial activities. It is located 4 kilometres from the Adnan Menderes International Airport and 14 kilometrs away from Izmir Port.

It is established and operated by the private sector and the land is provided by the government.

Aegean Free Trade Zone Advantages

  • A modern industrial centre
  • Manufacturing companies in the Free Trade Zone are exempt from Corporate and Income Tax on their employees
  • Designed for hi-tech industries
  • 100% foreign capital company can be established in the Free Trade Zone
  • Imports can remain in the zone without any time limit
  • No duty or import tariff from goods imported into the FTZ from abroad
  • Direct sales allowed to Turkish domestic market

Operating Licence Application Procedures

  • We incorporate your Limited Þirketi company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Operator (ESBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ESBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Aegean Free Trade Zone

Antalya Free Trade Zone - Turkey

The Antalya Free Trade Zone is adjacent to Antalya Port, there is customs corridor between the zone and the port.

The Antalya free trade zone is operated by the Antalya Free Trade Zone Operator Inc (ASBAŞ).

It is established and operated by the private sector and the land and infrastructure are provided by the government.

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Antalya (FTZ)

    • Operating License may be extended up to a maximum of 99 years
    • Adjacent to the major Turkish Ports, on the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas and close to international airports
    • Foreign investors can own 100% of their investments in the Free Trade Zone
    • Sales into the domestic markets are allowed from the Free Trade Zones
    • Close to the EC and Middle East Markets, providing tax free introduction of many Turkish products to EC markets
    • lease for the land with completed infrastructure is very low
    • Outside customs borders
    • For a period of 10 years following the commencement of operations in the Free Trade Zone, strike and lockout are prohibited
    • Convertible foreign currency acceptable to the Central Bank of Turkey are in use at the Free Trade Zones
    • Income and revenues generated in the free trade zone through activities of real persons and legal entities with full or limited tax liability in Turkey, are considered to be exempt from income and corporate taxes
    • In the Free Trade Zone, Municipality Law, Passport Law, Foreign Investment and Encouragement Law, and all other articles of laws contrary to the provisions of the Free Trade Zones Law, shall not be applicable

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Antalya

    • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
    • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
    • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
    • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ASBAŞ) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
    • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ASBAŞ))
    • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
    • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Antalya Free Trade Zone

Bursa Free Trade Zone (FTZ)

The Bursa Free Trade Zone is a large Free Trade Zone in the Gemlik District, close to Istanbul, located on the Bursa-Yalova Highway with access to the ports of Borusan, Gemport, Yilfert and Roda. The Bursa free trade zone is operated by Bursa Serbest Bölge Kurucu ve İşletici A.Ş (BUSEB A.Ş.). The operator founded the zone and owns the land so firms can purchase land within the Zone and maintain business activities on the land they purchase.

Free TRADE Zone Advantages - Bursa

  • No customs tax is paid for the goods imported from abroad to the Bursa Free Trade Zone
  • The goods in transit can be dispatched to other countries without entering the zone
  • Companies can purchase land within the FTZ and maintain business activities on the land they purchase
  • Between Free Trade Zones and other countries and other Free Trade Zones, the foreign trade provisions are not implemented
  • The revenues obtained can be transferred to the desired countries freely
  • The regulations governing foreign exchange are not implemented
  • Free Trade Zone users can purchase goods from Turkey at export prices without paying VAT - a cost advantage for purchasing raw materials
  • 3 years and older machinery & equipment cannot be brought to Turkey due to Turkish law. However, since the FTZ is out of Turkey’s Customs Borders, there is no legal requirement and Investors can bring these machinery & equipment into the FTZ

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Bursa (FTZ)

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (BUSEB A.Ş.) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (BUSEB A.Ş.)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Bursa Free Trade Zone

Denzili Free Trade Zone

Denzili offers an extensive choice of facilities whilst providing a range of services to ensure an ideal business base for global investors. Production facilities, warehouses and offices are constructed with the most advanced technology and contemporary architecture.

  • Free Trade Zone earnings and revenues can be transferred to any country, including Turkey, freely without any prior permission.
  • The validity period of an operating licence is maximum 10 years for tenant users, and 20 years for users who wish to build their own working spaces in the zone; If the operating licence is for production, these terms are 15 and 30 years for tenant users and investors, respectively.
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit.
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Free Trade Zones.
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed. Trade conducted between Turkish Free Trade Zones and Turkey is subject to foreign trade regime. (Sales to the domestic market is subject to a fee of 0.5 % of the transaction value.)
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • Infrastructure of the Turkish Free Trade Zones is competitive with international standards. Social service facilities such as common health centre, recreational facilities, botanical gardens, restaurants, show / meeting rooms, computer services, shopping centres and educational institutions for personnel training will soon be added to The Zone's facilities.
  • The Zone provides key features that successful free trade zone operations implement. These include incentives and conveniences in the areas of customs, foreign trade, tax, currency exchange and administrative processing.

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DENSER) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DENSER)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Denzili Free Trade Zone

Turkey East Anatolian Free Trade Zone

The East Anatolian (FTZ) is operated by the East Anatolian Free Trade Zone Directorate and is the largest region in Turkey and borders Georgia, Armenia, Nakhichevan, Iran and Iraq.

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Erzurum-Eastern Anatolian (FTZ)

  • 100% exemption from customs duty
  • 100% exemption from corporate income tax for manufacturing companies
  • 100% exemption from value added tax (VAT) and special consumption tax
  • 100% exemption from income tax on employees’ salary - for companies that export at least 85% of the value of the goods they produce in the Free Trade Zone
  • Goods can remain in Free Trade Zones for an unlimited period
  • Companies are free to transfer profits from Free Trade Zone without restrictions

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Eastern Anatolian

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (East Anatolian Free Trade Zone Directorate) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (East Anatolian Free Trade Zone Directorate)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the East Anatolian Free Trade Zone

European Free Trade Zone

The European Free Trade Zone (EFZ) is located in an industrial centre at Tekirdag/Corlu region, it is the largest private sector Free Trade Zone. Within this zone, investors are welcome to purchase a work place rather than occupying a leased area.

Free Trade Zone Advantages - European (FTZ)

  • Goods produced in the Free Trade Zone have the right for free circulation in the European Union since Turkey is a member of European Customs Union.
  • There is no minimum capital requirement, companies operating in Free Trade Zone can be 100% foreign capital
  • Companies in the Free Trade Zone are 100% exempt from corporate tax or income tax through their profits generated from production activities
  • Foreigners may acquire land within the Free Trade Zone
  • Infrastructure such as electricity, natural gas, telephone, water, sewage and purification system are ready to be installed in factories
  • The existing industrial settlement in the region offers qualified employees
  • Companies can bring used machines to (FTZ) without any restriction or Tax
  • Companies operating in Free Trade Zone are exempt from Value Added Tax
  • Transactions within the zone are performed with convertible foreign currencies so domestic inflation rates do not influence purchasing and selling activities, inventory control and accounting procedures
  • Transfer company profits and earnings to other locations in Turkey or abroad without any permission

Operating Licence Application Procedures - European Free Trade Zone

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We then submit your application form and the receipt from the Central Bank to the General Directorate of the of Free Trade Zones. This is also assessed by the European Free Trade Zone Operator and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT)
  • An application is then made to European Free Trade Zone to make your rental/sales contract. In the European FTZ the operator has several options depending on your companies needs; land for sale with ready infrastructure, general and independent warehouses, offices, open air stock areas and workshops for rent or for sale
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your rental/sales agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the European Free Trade Zone

Ganziantep Free Trade Zone

Ganziantep is operated by GASBAS who have completed their preparations and responsibilities to ensure a permanent sustainable life standard in the free trade zone. The zone boasts many advantages including the following:

  • Free Trade Zone earnings and revenues can be transferred to any country, including Turkey, freely without any prior permission.
  • The validity period of an operating licence is maximum 10 years for tenant users, and 20 years for users who wish to build their own working spaces in the zone; If the operating licence is for production, these terms are 15 and 30 years for tenant users and investors, respectively.
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit.
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Free Trade Zones.
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed. Trade conducted between Turkish Free Trade Zones and Turkey is subject to foreign trade regime. (Sales to the domestic market is subject to a fee of 0.5 % of the transaction value.)
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • Infrastructure of the Turkish Free Trade Zones is competitive with international standards.
  • Open / covered storage area
  • Modern offices
  • Land for production and trade purpose
  • Gaziantep Customs Directorate is now at the service in the zone, in order to facilitate the customs transactions of the industrialists and users in the zone
  • Representatives of Export Union Free Trade Zone Branch and Chamber of Gaziantep Industry and Trade are available in the Zone

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DENSER) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DENSER)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Bursa Free Trade Zone

Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport Free Trade Zone

The Istanbul Atatürk Airport (FTZ) maintains the highest trade volume in spite of the fact that it has the smallest area compared to the other Free Trade Zones in Turkey. The İstanbul Atatürk Airport Free Trade Zone (FTZ) total trade volume is 30 billion dollars over the last decade.

The founder and operator of Istanbul Atatürk Airport Free Trade Zone is ISBI A.S. (Istanbul Atatürk Airport Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator Inc.)

Free Trade Zone Advantages - İstanbul Atatürk

  • Sales to the domestic Turkish market are allowed
  • Free Trade Zone users can purchase goods and services from Turkey without paying value added tax
  • No procedural restrictions regarding price, standards or quality of goods in the Turkish Free Trade Zones
  • Exempt from the income or corporate taxes until the end of the taxation period of the year Turkey becomes full member of the European Union
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey
  • The goods in free circulation can be sent to Turkey or to the EU countries from the Free Trade Zone without any customs duty payment
  • Goods can remain in the zone without any time limit

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Istanbul Atatürk

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • An application is made to the Operator is (ISBI A.S.) and a work place in accordance with your request is determined
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey in the Free Trade Zones Development Fund account
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ISBI A.S.) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones. The bank receipt is included with your application along with supporting documents
  • Apply to General Directorate of Free Trade Zones or to Free Trade Zone Directorate with a Petition
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ISBI A.S.)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence from the the General Directorate of Free Trade Zones, then you and can start business in the Istanbul Atatürk zone

Turkey Istanbul Leather and Industry Free Trade Zone

The operations in a free trade zone must be of a type previously deemed acceptable by the Supreme Coordination Council of Ministers, in the Istanbul Leather and Industry Free Trade Zone,

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Istanbul Leather and Industry

  • The only Free Trade Zone which has the authority over the import of 'leather and leather made goods' in the Istanbul region
  • The revenue and earnings from Free Trade Zone activities can be freely transferred to Turkey or abroad without any permission
  • Free Trade Zone users can buy goods and services from Turkey without paying value added tax
  • Goods can remain in the zones without any time limit
  • Trade between Free Trade Zones and third countries is not subject to foreign trade regime
  • Goods can be sent to Turkey or to the EU countries from the Free Trade Zones without any customs duty payment

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Istanbul Leather and Industry Free Trade Zone

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DESBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DESBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Istanbul Leather and Industry Free Trade Zone

Istanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone

The Istanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone is in Çatalca district of Istanbul and operated by İstanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone Inc. (ISBAS).

The operations in a free trade zone must be of a type previously deemed acceptable by the Supreme Coordination Council of Ministers, in the Istanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone,.

Basic Objectives of the Foundation and Operation of Istanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone

  • Promoting export oriented investment and production
  • Accelerating foreign direct investment and technology access
  • Directing enterprises towards export and developing international trade

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Istanbul Thrace

  • 100% Corporate Tax Exemption - production companies are exempt from Corporate taxes which they would normally pay at the end of their fiscal year
  • Custom Duties Exemption - the free trade zones is considered outside the customs border, goods entering the free trade zone are exempt from duties
  • Easy access to qualified and unqualified labour because of close proximity of residential areas
  • Exemption From VAT - the sale of goods and services from Turkey to the free trade zone is considered as exports, such goods and services are exempt from Value Added Taxes
  • Istanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone was the first free trade zone allows investors the ability to sell or rent their property

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Istanbul Thrace

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ISBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement or sales contract is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (ISBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Istanbul Thrace Free Trade Zone

Izmir Menemen Leather Free Trade Zone

Izmir Menemen Leather Free Trade Zone is well-preferred by both local and foreign investors, especially those involved in the leather industry.

Izmir Free Trade Zone is convenient for any kind of commercial investment due to several nearby locations of business importance and has gained attention and popularity among investors due to its treatment plant of 18.000m3/day capacity.

Main Advantages of Izmir Free Trade Zone

  • It is the only Leather and Trade centre which offers all types of advanced leather processing and production, in line with the international standards
  • Opportunity of benefiting from multiple industries
  • Companies do not pay corporate tax for their income
  • Opportunity to buy Turkish products at export prices without any Sales or Value-Added Tax
  • Warehousing for an unlimited period of time in a customs-free area and opportunity to sell in Turkey immediately upon demand after having paid only the VAT or the customs duties
  • Elimination of bureaucracy and delays thanks to one-stop processing at the Menemen Leather Free Trade Zone
  • Free international transfer of earnings
  • Transfer and assignment of investments to others by the owners upon wish
  • Excellent access to Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and the U.S.A as well as to the Turkish market of 70 million people
  • Qualified labour force and management training provided by local trade schools and universities
  • Opportunity to gain competitive advantage for the heavy industry and especially leather production companies in the world markets thanks to the merits that the modern waste water treatment plant has to offer

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • An application fee of US$ 5,000 is deposited to the Turkish Central Bank Free Trade Zones Development Fund account
  • Your application is submitted to the Free Trade Zones General Directorate
  • Following the assessment of your application by the Free Trade Zones General Directorate, your company receives a 'Qualified' document. Upon the receipt of this document, your company can transfer its headquarters to Menemen Leather Free Trade Zone.
  • Submission in the Trade Registry Gazette, which officially declares the charter of your company
  • The lease contract is signed
  • Following its approval by the Menemen Leather Free Trade Zone Directorate, the contract is sent to the Free Trade Zones General Directorate by IDESBAS to issue your operating license
  • Accounting books required to be kept in accordance with the Law on taxation procedures are duly obtained and notarised
  • Once your operating license is received, we submits the accounting books to the Menemen Leather Free Trade Zone Directorate for approval

Turkey Kayseri Free Trade Zone

The Kayseri Free Trade Zone is in the Central Anatolia Region. It was founded and is operated by Kayser. The foreign trade potential of the Kayseri Free Trade Zone had increased due to intensive industrialization within the zone in recent years.

  • Free Trade Zone earnings and revenues can be transferred to any country, including Turkey, freely without any prior permission.
  • The validity period of an operating licence is maximum 10 years for tenant users, and 20 years for users who wish to build their own working spaces in the zone; If the operating licence is for production, these terms are 15 and 30 years for tenant users and investors, respectively.
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit.
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Free Trade Zones.
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed. Trade conducted between Turkish Free Trade Zones and Turkey is subject to foreign trade regime. (Sales to the domestic market is subject to a fee of 0.5 % of the transaction value.)
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • Infrastructure of the Turkish Free Trade Zones is competitive with international standards.
  • All ports from the region , the international highway, railway, transport and recreation centres can be obtained easily and cheaply
  • Outdoor and Indoor with very low rental fees can be made.
  • Free region for investment from abroad were brought to the factory in all machinery, tools and instruments such as the age limit has not been looking at are exempt from customs duties and KDV.
  • As the region with its important geographical location in connection with the countries of the world, as well as Russia, CIS, Middle East, Mediterranean and North African markets because of its proximity to the centre is located

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DENSER) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (DENSER)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Kayseri Free Trade Zone

Turkey Kocaeli Free Trade Zone

The Kocaeli Free Trade Zone is operated by KOSBAS, who aim to create a modern techno park in order to strengthen Turkeys commercial strategic position as a global scale logistics centre. The implications of this mean the zone offers many attractive facilities to potential users.

  • All companies trading within the Free Trade Zones are exempt from corporations tax
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Zones
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey
  • Infrastructure of the Free Trade Zone is competitive with international standards
  • Employees are exempt from income tax
  • Data lines and satellite communication facility
  • Technical support

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (KOSBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (KOSBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Kocaeli Free Trade Zone

Turkey Mardin Free Trade Zone

Mardin Free Trade Zone is operated by Masbas and located close to Iraq and Syria. Emphasis in Mardin is placed heavily on foreign trade and relations, as a result, the last two years have seen an exceptional increase in the zones export activities.

Further to this the zone offers business incentives such as 18% cheaper energy use as well as tax exemption and offers users support in the manufacturing sector.

  • Free Trade Zone earnings and revenues can be transferred to any country, including Turkey, freely without any prior permission.
  • The validity period of an operating licence is maximum 10 years for tenant users, and 20 years for users who wish to build their own working spaces in the zone; If the operating licence is for production, these terms are 15 and 30 years for tenant users and investors, respectively.
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit.
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Free Trade Zones.
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed. Trade conducted between Turkish Free Trade Zones and Turkey is subject to foreign trade regime. (Sales to the domestic market is subject to a fee of 0.5 % of the transaction value.)
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • Infrastructure of the Turkish Free Trade Zones is competitive with international standards.

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (MASBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (MASBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Mardin Free Trade Zone

Mersin Free Trade Zone

This free trade zone is a centre for foreign investors with proximity to major international markets - Middle-East, North African countries, East and West Europe and the Russian Federation.

Activities which are permitted in the Mersin Free Trade Zone:

  • Production of all kinds of light industries - electronics, optics, machinery, spare parts, textiles and clothing
  • Wholesale trades
  • Packing and repacking
  • Assembling
  • Warehousing
  • Repair and maintenance

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Mersin

  • The zone is a centre for foreign investors
  • Proximity to major international markets - Middle-East, North African countries, East and West Europe and the Russian Federation
  • The zone is adjacent to Mersin Port, which is an important port in the Mediterranean and the base for the city's economy
  • Public-owned territory with the modern infrastructure constructed by the government

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Mersin Free Trade Zone

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (MESBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (MESBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Mersin Free Trade Zone

Rize Free Trade Zone

Rize Free Trade Zone is operated by Risbas. The zone offers very low rental fees and has high growth potential due to its close proximity to markets. The geographic location also harbours great economic potential. Currently Rize is one of the smallest free trade zones.

  • Free Trade Zone earnings and revenues can be transferred to any country, including Turkey, freely without any prior permission.
  • The validity period of an operating licence is maximum 10 years for tenant users, and 20 years for users who wish to build their own working spaces in the zone; If the operating licence is for production, these terms are 15 and 30 years for tenant users and investors, respectively.
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit.
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Free Trade Zones.
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed. Trade conducted between Turkish Free Trade Zones and Turkey is subject to foreign trade regime. (Sales to the domestic market is subject to a fee of 0.5 % of the transaction value.)Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • Infrastructure of the Turkish Free Trade Zones is competitive with international standards.

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Rize Free Trade Zone

Turkey Samsun Free Trade Zone

Samsun Free Trade Zone is operated by SASBAS who offer advanced technology and cheap raw materials to users. Samsun aims to increase their competitiveness in world markets by constantly increasing facilities and remaining focused on their users requirements. The zone offers unloading/ loading facilities, warehousing services, adequate office space and storage buildings all aimed to serve the users.

  • Free Trade Zone earnings and revenues can be transferred to any country, including Turkey, freely without any prior permission.
  • The validity period of an operating licence is maximum 10 years for tenant users, and 20 years for users who wish to build their own working spaces in the zone; If the operating licence is for production, these terms are 15 and 30 years for tenant users and investors, respectively.
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit.
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Free Trade Zones.
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed. Trade conducted between Turkish Free Trade Zones and Turkey is subject to foreign trade regime. (Sales to the domestic market is subject to a fee of 0.5 % of the transaction value.)
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • Infrastructure of the Turkish Free Trade Zones is competitive with international standards.

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (SASBAS) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (SASBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Samsun Free Trade Zone

Trabzon Free Trade Zone

The Trabzon (FTZ) is operated by Transbas Trabzon Serbest Bölge İşleticisi AŞ and offers excellent access to all the major markets of the surrounding regions.

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Trabzon

  • Versatility as a trans-shipment centre as located within the port of Trabzon
  • Excellent access to all the major markets of the surrounding regions
  • Merchandise from overseas may be brought into Trabzon Free Trade Zone warehouses without payment of customs duties, import duties or other excise taxes
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital
  • The establishment of subsidiaries without local partners
  • Strikes and Lockouts are prohibited for a period of ten years
  • Sale of goods and services from Turkey to the (FTZ) is considered as exports and exempt from Value Added Tax
  • Earnings and revenues generated in the (FTZ) can be transferred to any country freely without any prior permission and such transfers are not subject to any kind of taxes

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Trabzon

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (Transbas Trabzon Serbest Bölge İşleticisi AŞ) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (Transbas Trabzon Serbest Bölge İşleticisi AŞ)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Trabzon Free Trade Zone

Turkey Tübitak Marmara Research Free Trade Zone

The Tubitak Marmara Research Centre Technological (TEKSEB) is a Free Trade Zone devoted to research and development operations. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, is the main partner of this free trade zone.

Free Trade Zone Advantages - Tübitak Marmara Research (FTZ)

  • No limitation on the proportion of foreign capital investment within the Free Trade Zone
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey
  • No restrictions regarding price, standards or quality of goods in the Turkish Free Trade Zones
  • Close to the Middle East Market and EU markets
  • Goods can remain in the Free Trade Zone without any time limit
  • Sales to the domestic Turkish market are allowed
  • Free Trade Zone companies can purchase goods and services from Turkey without paying value added tax
  • Infrastructure is competitive with international standards
  • Exempt from the income and corporate taxes until the end of the taxation period of the year Turkey becomes a full member of the European Union
  • Income or corporate tax exemption continues during the period of your operating licence

Within the free trade zone companies can lease New Technology Buildings or there are open sites available for investors wishing to construct their own facilities.

Operating Licence Application Procedures - Tübitak Marmara

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (TEKSEB) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement or sales contract is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Tübitak Marmara Research Free Trade Zone
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