Turkish Exporters Assembly announced April export figures at Simfer Factory in Kayseri Organized Industrial Zone.
Turkey's exports increased by 15 percent, compared to the same month last year, in April and reached $13.5 billion; breaking the monthly export record for April.
In the first four months of the year, exports increased by 10.4 percent to $54.7 billion. Exports in the last 12 months also increased by 10.7 percent and rose to $161.1 billion.
Commenting on the figures, TİM Chairman Büyükekşi told, “We will raise the bar every month until the end of the year and we will exceed 170 billion dollars in export figures. As TİM, we have been announcing increases in exports since November 2016, i.e. for 1.5 years. In the last 7 months, our exports increased in double digits.”
On a quantitative basis, Büyükekşi pointed out that exports decreased by 1.2 percent in April, reaching 9.5 million tons. "If we look at how parity changes affect our exports: the parity effect in April was 876 million dollars in positive direction. Especially the Euro Dollar parity is higher than last year. "
The best performing sector in April was the “Automotive Industry”, with an export figure of $2.9 billion. “Automotive Industry” was followed by “Apparel” with $1.5 billion and “Chemicals” with $1.3 billion.
The sectors with the highest increase in exports in April were “Defense and Aerospace Industries” with 38.3 percent, “Animal Products” with 31.2 percent, and “Iron and Non-Ferrous Metals” with 27.7 percent. In general, agricultural exports increased by 11 percent, industrial products exports increased by 17.2 percent, and mining products exports decreased by 17.5 percent.
Exports of the top country groups were shaped as follows: In April, compared to the same month of the previous year; Exports to the EU increased by 24 percent, exports to Africa rose by 13.6 percent, exports to the Commonwealth of Independent States increased by 24.7 percent.
51 provinces increased their exports in April. The top 5 exporting provinces were as follows: Istanbul $6 billion, Bursa $1.2 billion, Kocaeli $1.1 billion, İzmir $781 million and Ankara $667 million. Manisa had the highest increase in exports in the top 10 with 39.1 percent.