"Surveillance" application has arrived in electric vehicle imports


Supervision Requirement for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

With the spread of electric vehicles, a new regulation has been introduced for the stations used to charge these vehicles. The Ministry of Commerce initiated surveillance on the import of electrical power converters called rectifiers and inverters used in electric vehicles.

What are rectifier and inverter?

Rectifier is an electrical power converter that converts direct current into alternating current. In electric vehicles, rectifiers are used to provide the direct current required to charge the battery. An inverter is an electrical power converter that converts alternating current into direct current. In electric vehicles, an inverter is used to convert the direct current taken from the battery into the alternating current required for the engine to run.

What are the details of the surveillance application?

The Communiqué on Import Surveillance Practice prepared by the Ministry of Commerce was published in the Official Gazette dated October 28. According to the communiqué, the unit customs value for the rectifier used in electric vehicles was determined as 20 thousand dollars per piece, and the unit customs value for the inverter was determined as 1000 dollars per piece. A surveillance certificate will be mandatory for the import of goods below these values.

Requests for surveillance certificates will be made with electronic signature on the Ministry of Commerce website or via e-Government. If it is not possible to apply electronically, it will also be possible to apply physically. The surveillance documents received will be valid for 6 months. The Communiqué will enter into force on the 30th day following its publication date.

What is the purpose of surveillance?

The purpose of the surveillance application introduced by the Ministry of Commerce is to increase the quality and safety of electrical power transducers such as rectifiers and inverters used in charging stations of electric vehicles. In addition, this practice aims to keep imports under control and support domestic production. With the growth of the electric vehicle market, companies that want to invest in this field also need to adapt to the surveillance practice.