How to start importing fabrics from Turkey? Try micro export (micro import)

Importing fabrics from Turkey by Micro export

How to start importing fabrics from Turkey? Try micro export (micro import)

With fast-developing global markets around the world, there is a need for procedures that could help smaller businesses to enter the complex world of international trade. One of such procedures is micro export, which brings manufacturers and traders more opportunities than ever before. In this article, we will discuss what is micro export and why it is a great option for importing fabrics (or other goods) from Turkey.

What is “micro export”?

In a nutshell,  micro export is the easiest way for Turkish artisans and manufacturers to enter into international trade. What is it exactly?

Micro export is an export model used for exporting goods with a weight limit of 300 kgs and a value limit of 15,000 EUR that works under the simplified customs procedure realized directly by the authorized logistic companies such as DHL, TNT, UPS, etc. What are its advantages?

First of all, unlike traditional exporters, micro-exporters do not need to register with the Exporters’ Association in order to sell abroad. Secondly, in micro export, the products are sent abroad with the so-called Electronic Commerce Customs Declaration (ETGB) and because it is arranged directly by the delivery company there is no need to hire a separate company for customs consultancy services. All these save the micro exporter lots of extra costs. Which products are covered?

Micro export can be used for a wide range of products. The only requirements for the goods are to be within the allowed limits and to be sent for commercial purposes. The goods that are sent for the purposes of a repair, exhibition, trade shows, goods to be returned back to the country, free samples, or gifts cannot be sent abroad with micro export. In addition, some pharmaceuticals and chemical products that are subject to inspection are equally excluded from the scope of micro export.

For all its benefits micro export is a preferred model for small-scale export shipments as well as cross-border e-commerce.

What are the benefits of micro exporting/micro importing fabrics from Turkey?

It may seem that the micro export procedure brings benefits mainly to Turkish micro-exporters. But, nothing could be further from the truth. Micro importing fabrics from Turkey offers many benefits also to foreign importers.

First of all, micro-export/micro-import purchases allow the importers to test the chosen fabrics or another products at their markets first before committing to a bigger order. That’s why it requires little to no investment and involves much lower risk. All you need is an idea, product or service to get started!

Secondly, the micro export shipments  are very often made as DDP (Delivery Duty Paid). This means that all of the responsibility, risk, and costs associated with the shipment are assumed by the seller, until you as a buyer receive the goods at your address. Not mentioning the fact, that micro export shipments are much faster than normal shipments, as they are done mostly by air.

Finally, by working with Turkish manufacturers and craftsmen you as a buyer can get access to unique fabrics not found in your local market. You can even import many exclusive regional designs that would be difficult to find elsewhere!

What is the difference between micro export and traditional export?

The main difference between micro export and traditional export is the scale. As we already said, micro export is limited to the sale of products with a weight limit of 300 kgs and a value limit of 15,000 EUR, while traditional exports have no limits. However, traditional export also involves much more complex procedures and higher initial costs on both parts. 

Which documents are used for micro export?

Micro-exporter needs to provide the following documents:

  • Indirect Representation Authorization Certificate (given only once),
  • Micro export information form (also called ETGB form),
  • The original Turkish invoice approved by the Ministry of Finance or an e-archive invoice (a detailed content description and HS code must be included in the invoice),
  • English Invoice (Proforma/Commercial Invoice) to be used for declaration in the country of shipment,
  • Copy of Bill of Lading (issued by the shipping company).

How much does micro export cost?

Micro export involves smaller amounts of goods and door-to-door shipments. So, its overall costs are naturally much lower than those of traditional exports/imports. Micro importing fabrics from Turkey can be therefore a very cost-effective way to get your hands on unique, high-quality textiles.

How much will you have to pay for shipping? The shipping fee is calculated based on the weight of the consignment and the country to which it is being shipped. It also depends on the logistic company as some are more expensive than the others.

We at Fioretta use for micro export shipments DHL express services. You can email us at prior to ordering to enquire about the shipping costs. Detailed information about our shipment policy and packaging may be found here.

Why should you start importing fabrics from Turkey with micro export?

Let’s sum it up. Micro-exporting/micro-importing of Turkish fabrics:

  • is a great way to expand your trading options.
  • is faster than traditional export/import procedures.
  • can be an easy and cost-effective way to participate in a vibrant sector of international trade.
  • allows you to get unique, high-quality fabrics at competitive prices without having to worry about risks associated with larger shipments.
  • opens up micro-trade opportunities not available through traditional imports (e.g. buying products from local artisans who are not registered with any of the Exporters’ Associations).

In addition, finding new opportunities for micro importing fabrics from Turkey has never been easier with websites such as Fioretta’s, where you can find and order your first fabrics easily online.


The micro export procedure has enabled thousands of Turkish companies to expand abroad without having to become experts at trading, logistics, and risk management all at once.

Nowadays, many Turkish micro-exporters use the procedure to ship their products directly to a final customer (B2C). But, the micro export model can be successfully used also in B2B relationships. It is therefore a great way for importers and smaller businesses abroad to get started importing goods from Turkey.

Do you trade with fabrics? The micro export procedure will help you start sourcing high-quality fabrics from Turkey at competitive prices in no time. 

So what are you waiting for? Visit our shop and start exploring the world of international trade today!


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