The Turkish Competition Authority fines a professional association for its protocol which resulted in prohibitions regarding competitors’ offers and advertising activities (The Customs Brokers Association of Istanbul / Ünsped Gümrük Müşavirliği ve Lojistik Hizmetleri)

This case summary includes an analysis of the Turkish Competition Board’s (the “Board”) Istanbul Customs Brokers Association decision (20.06.2019; 19-22/352-158) in which the Board evaluated the allegations raised by Ünsped Gümrük Müşavirliği ve Lojistik Hizmetleri A.Ş (a customs brokerage and logistics company) that the Customs Brokers Association of Istanbul (“Association”) had violated Article 4 of the Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Law No. 4054”) through its proposed protocol for the purpose of preventing unfair competition. The Association’s protocol involved prohibitions for customs brokerage companies on providing offers and contacting customers, advertising activities, financing the costs and collaborating with non-registered persons for such activities etc. Background The

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  • ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
  • ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)

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Gönenç Gürkaynak, Eda Duru, The Turkish Competition Authority fines a professional association for its protocol which resulted in prohibitions regarding competitors’ offers and advertising activities (The Customs Brokers Association of Istanbul / Ünsped Gümrük Müşavirliği ve Lojistik Hizmetleri), 20 June 2019, e-Competitions June 2019, Art. N° 93437

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