Debt Collection in
Turkey 

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  • Turkish-speaking debt collection specialists
  • Experts for small, medium, and large enterprises
  • Debt collection in Istanbul, Ankara or Kocaeli? 95% success rate throughout Turkey
  • No Cure No Pay debt collection
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Debt Collection Turkey
Meet our Turkish debt collection specialist

When dealing with debt collection in Turkey, you can count on our experts to act swiftly and efficiently against your debtor. With more resources than a regular debt collection agency in Turkey, our specialists can help overcome the language, cultural and legal differences that arise when dealing with Turkish debtors. Our specialists always start in the extrajudicial phase on a No Cure No Pay basis. Should legal action be necessary, then our debt collection lawyers can assist you in the judicial phase when for example, applying for ordinary civil proceedings against your Turkish debtor. For successful debt collection in Turkey, find out what our experts can do for you and recover your debt.

 
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Recover your debt in Turkey in 6 simple steps without court intervention

  • Step 1: You can easily upload your claim here. All you have to do is enter your details, your debtor’s details and information regarding your debt collection case in Turkey.
  • Step 2: Your caseworker will send your Turkish debtor a demand letter. This will be written in Turkish and customised according to your case.
  • Step 3: We start our investigation by checking international credit reports and local databases such as the Türkiye Ticaret Sicili. With this trade register, we can view the credit status of a debtor to understand why the invoice was not paid. This helps us to define our strategy to solve your debt collection case in Turkey more efficiently.
  • Step 4: Your caseworker will reach out to you to discuss the approach you wish to have. We adjust our strategy accordingly and you can track the status of the case 24/7 through our online portal.
  • Step 5: If your Turkish debtor fails to respond to the demand letter, then our efforts do not stop there. We will contact your debtor by phone and in writing. By directly contacting your Turkish debtor, we ensure to avoid any miscommunication.
  • Step 6: 95% of our cases are solved in the extrajudicial phase without court intervention. With the expertise of our native in-house specialists and the various resources that we have in store for your Turkish debtor, we can collect your claim. If your debtor refuses to pay or disputes the case, we can continue in the legal phase in consultation with you. Before doing so, we extensively discuss your options and possible costs.
 
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Turkish lawyer for your debt collection: meet your experts

With our native in-house specialists, we overcome language and cultural barriers. Our Turkish specialists contact your debtor in their native language and are familiar with Turkish business practices. This way, your debtor is more inclined to pay and is fully aware of the consequence of non-payment. Find out more about our international team here.

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  • Fast solutions for your cases
  • Real measures to recover your payments
  • The best results for the lowest costs

Debt collection costs: No Cure No Pay debt collection in Turkey

When solving your debt collection in Turkey, we aim to recover your debt without court intervention. We start on a No Cure No Pay basis, whereby we charge €185,- for administrative costs. We aim to collect the interest and costs from your debtor; however, this differs per case. With more resources than regular debt collection agencies in Turkey, you can expect the following:

  • Personal contact with your caseworker
  • Personal contact with your Turkish debtor by phone and in writing
  • Customised strategy according to your case
  • Access to the largest national and international B2B debt collection databases
  • Real knowledge of local business cultures and payment behaviours
  • Knowledge of national and international judicial procedures
  • Honest advice if legal action is necessary

If legal action is required, then we move to an hourly or fixed fee. We will only do so in consultation with you. You can view our fees here.

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Debt collection laws in Turkey

Debt collection laws in Turkey differ compared to the regulations in other countries. Often following local procedures is much more effective and faster. With a Turkish debt collection specialist by your side, they can initiate the following procedures on your behalf:

Ordinary civil proceedings

In order to collect your claim through the courts, our lawyers can subpoena your debtor. In the event of a dispute, your debtor does not agree with your invoice. If the debtor has a well-founded reason not to pay the invoice, the court will agree to a hearing whereby both parties can defend their claim.

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International debt collection laws

Because Turkey is not a member state of the EU, European companies are limited with regard to the available measures and actions they are normally entitled to under EU Directives and Regulations. This will make you more likely to hire a Turkish lawyer or collection specialist when dealing with a non-paying customer, as your case will most likely be subjected to Turkish Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law.

Nevertheless, note that Turkey is a member of CISG (Viana Convention on International Sales of Goods) and the New York Convention of Arbitration.

Enforcement of a foreign judgement in Turkey

For the execution of a judgment in Turkey, your court issues a certificate and summons the defendant in Turkey through the Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Justice. Once the defendant is summoned and given the right of defence and appeal, you must then initiate proceedings of Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgment to be able to enforce against your debtor.

Due to this technical procedure, we do not advise you to initiate court proceedings in your own country or sign a contract/terms and conditions in which competent courts are your country’s courts without consulting an expert in Turkish Law. In any case, if you have a judgment from a court rather than a Turkish court, our Turkish lawyers are able to assist you through all the steps.

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The limitation period in Turkey

An outstanding invoice cannot be collected forever. Once an invoice becomes time-barred, you cannot recover the unpaid amount through court intervention. That’s why it is important to know that payment claims in Turkey have a limitation period of 10 years. This commences as soon as the claim is due and payable.

While a limitation period of 10 years applies to payment claims, claims under transport law have a limitation period of 1 year. Moreover, if you wish to interrupt the limitation period, this can be done with an official acknowledgement of the outstanding debt by the Turkish debtor, a partial payment of the debt, or by initiating legal proceedings.

Why hire Bierens rather than a regular debt collection agency in Turkey?

  • Highest collection rate throughout Turkey
  • Extensive measures to recover your debt in the extrajudicial and judicial phase
  • No Cure No Pay debt collection in Turkey
  • Immediate action after uploading your claim
  • 24/7 tracking of your case in our online portal

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Start your debt collection in Turkey today

Start your debt collection case in Turkey today! While our international debt collection team gets started on your case, you can resume your regular business operations. Upload your case for immediate action or contact our experts today.

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  • Fast solutions for your cases
  • Real measures to recover your payments
  • The best results for the lowest costs

Find out how we have helped others with international debt collection

From simple debt collection cases to complex legal matters, from small businesses to multinationals across different industries, our specialists have assisted over 24.000 companies worldwide, including Turkey. Find out how our international specialists and lawyers have helped other companies in similar situations and find the solution for debt collection in Turkey.

Frequently asked questions about debt recovery Turkey

How does debt collection work in Turkey?

Debt recovery in Turkey always starts in the extrajudicial phase where we send your debtor demand letters and contact them by phone in Turkish. If your debtor disputes the claim or fails to respond, then we can discuss further options including legal action.

How will you recover my debt in Turkey?

Our debt collection strategy starts in the amicable phase without court intervention, followed by legal action upon your request. Our approach is always firm and respectful, and you will always be informed of the status of your case.

What are the costs of debt collection in Turkey?

We handle all out-of-court cases on a No Cure No Pay basis, also in Turkey. Our starting fee is €185,- for administrative costs. We aim to recover the principal amount including interest and costs from your debtor as much as possible, however, this depends on the amount and complexity of the case. If you decide to take legal action against your debtor, then we move to an hourly or fixed fee. We do not have any hidden costs and will first consult you before proceeding with any action.

How long does an average debt collection procedure in Turkey last?

This depends on each situation and debtor. The amicable phase takes a relatively short time because we provide your debtor with limited time to complete the payment. When starting your case, your caseworker will provide an estimate of the duration of your case. Should your debtor fail to respond, then our specialists and lawyers can provide you with an expected outcome or course of action within 4 weeks. If legal proceedings are necessary, the debt collection process takes longer, which depends on the legal proceedings and whether the debtor raises a defence.

When is a debt collection case taken to court?

Our preference is to collect your claim without court intervention. Therefore, we always start a collection in the amicable phase. If your debtor fails to respond or disputes the claim, you can proceed with legal action. We will only do so in consultation with you first.

What chances do I have for a successful recovery in Turkey?

The chance for a successful recovery depends on the nature of your debt collection case. 95% of the cases are solved on a No Cure No Pay basis. Our specialists and lawyers always do their utmost to ensure to collect your claim as fast and efficiently as possible. We always make sure to give you honest and practical advice that will deliver you the best results.

What legal possibilities do I have for debt collection in Turkey?

If legal proceedings are necessary, we can assist you with ordinary civil proceedings. Once obtaining an official court verdict, we can help to have measures enforced. Our Turkish lawyers can explain more about the different possibilities.

How long does it take before a debt is written off in Turkey?

Under debt collection laws in Turkey, invoices have a limitation period of 10 years. This applies as soon as the claim is due and payable. Moreover, if you wish to interrupt the limitation period, this can be done with an official acknowledgement of the outstanding debt by the Turkish debtor, a partial payment of the debt, or by initiating legal proceedings.

Which documents are required when taking my debtor to court?

If your claim is taken to court, then there are several documents that are required to substantiate your claim. This includes a copy of the contract, applicable terms and conditions, order confirmation, proof of delivery, invoices and a copy of the correspondence with your debtor. If additional documents are required, your caseworker will inform you.

Can I hire a bailiff in Turkey myself?

No, you cannot hire a bailiff yourself. In Turkey, the state bailiff is court-appointed and can only be requested to enforce debt collection measures after legal proceedings have taken place.