Turkey increases duties on non-EU tractorsA decision by the Turkish government to place a new 21 percent duty on non-EU agricultural machinery will hurt both producers and dealers in Turkey, says AEM and two other associations representing Ag equipment manufacturers.

AEM has joined CEMA (the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association) and JAMMA (the Japan Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers Association) in a joint statement asking for  removal of the duty.

The duty hurts Turkish agricultural producers by drastically increasing the cost of modern precision equipment and limiting choice on the latest farm machinery technology, the statement says. In addition, the measure disrupts Turkish tractor dealers who have invested heavily in the importation and servicing of non-EU tractors.

“AEM hopes the Turkish government withdraws Decision Number 2017/9750 to prevent damage to the Turkish agricultural sector,” said Alex Russ, AEM director, international and regulatory affairs.