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April 11, 2016

Turkey Denies U.S. Dairy Product Imports

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

The U.S. and Turkey have been in negotiations over sanitary certificates, but the April 1 deadline to finish the negotiations has passed without reaching an agreement.

As a result, Turkey will not accept new shipments of milk or milk products from the U.S. However, U.S. animal products accompanied by a sanitary certificate dated March 31, or earlier will be accepted by Turkey without impediment, according to USDA.

According to USDA, Turkey recognizes the following periods of validity for export certificates for animal products:

  • If shipped by air, certificate is valid for 7 days from the date of endorsement.
  • If shipped by sea, certificate is valid for 60 days from the date of endorsement.

That means that products shipped by air on March 31 should have arrived no later than April 6 to avoid difficulty. Those shipped by sea have until May 30 to make it to Turkey and be accepted without contest.