Turkey's Trade Ministry had on March 4 subjected cloth mask exports to prior authorization. Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan announced on May 13 that the authorities removed this pre-approval requirement for Turkish suppliers to export face masks.
Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has deemed the expenses of municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) "trade secrets," upon a parliamentary question by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Alpay Antmen. Antmen, in return, said that he didn't ask about anybody's private trade relations. "It seems that there are financial relations that they want to cover up by calling them trade secrets," he added.