The Export Compass Program, which was organized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) with the support of Coface and covering 10 countries, continued with the Route: Russia event.

Turkish Exporters Assembly Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi said that the opening of the Turkish Trade Centers (TTM) in the target markets is continuing and Moscow TTM will be operational by the end of the year. Speaking at the Export Compass Route: Russia event, Büyükekşi said, "Our 34,000 square meter companies will show their products to customers at first hand. We are demanding companies from the furniture, textiles, ready-made and leather sectors, "he said.

In the first seven months of 2017, Turkey's exports to Russia rose by 60 per cent, while imports from Russia rose by 18 per cent, Büyükekşi continued: "However, these figures are not enough for us. Turkey has a great potential for exports to Russia, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, textiles and ready-to-wear, machinery and accessories. Turkey and Russia are perhaps the two countries with the highest ability to complete each other in the world. Therefore, we need to remove the obstacles and increase our foreign trade as soon as possible. The largest sector having potential for export is fresh fruits and vegetables. With the removal of obstacles in front of this sector, our exports increased by 150 percent in 2017. "

Andy Podelsyhev, Consul General of the Russian Federation, who participated in the event, stated that all issues related to agricultural products will be discussed at the meetings between the two countries in Antalya on 14 September. "The bilateral cooperation is important for both countries," Podelyshev said. In the last year important steps have been taken. Turkey's exports to Russia in the first 6 months of this year increased by 1.5 times.

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