Target for İZMİR: Poland

Hosted by Aegean Exporters' Associations (EİB), latest event in “10 Cities 10 Countries”, a program started by Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) and run by TİMAKADEMİ, was held in İzmir with the target country as Poland.

Sabri Ünlütürk, Chairman of EİB, told that Poland's economic liberalization program which started in 1990 and increased exports to EU since becoming an EU member in 2004, has helped the country's economic growth exponentially.

Mr. Ünlütürk also stated that Poland is one of the brightest stars in EU with its stable economy and large population. The Chairman continued; “EİB members' exports to Poland was 153 million $ in 2016, this number is far from sufficient and we are aiming to increase this number through dialogue.”

Poland is a safe harbor for investors

Poland's Ambassador to Turkey, Maciej Lang also attended the seminars. Mr. Lang told that, Poland is at an important location for investors who want to enter Central and Eastern European markets. Mr. Lang also invited Turkish investors to Poland, stating that Poland is a safe harbor for investors in times of economic crises.

Why Poland?

Mustafa Çıkrıkçıoğlu, Deputy Chairman of TİM, relayed some information about the matching process of cities and countries during his speech. Mr. Çıkrıkçıoğlu explained the process as below;

“We inspected İzmir's exports and Poland's imports. Main sectors in İzmir's exports are machinery, automotive, plastics and paper/paperboard products; which have as a sum 33% share in Poland's imports. We have also seen that, Poland has only %1.5 share in İzmir's exports. As a result, we discovered a trade potential for our exporters.”

Exports to Poland increased by %15 in 2016

Turkey's exports to Poland increased by 15% in 2016, reaching 2.67 billion $. Top 3 sectors in exports to Poland was automotive with 654 million $, apparel with 575 million $ and textile with 276 million $.

EİB's exports to Poland also followed a similar trend, increasing by 16% and reaching 153.73 million $. Top performing sectors from the region were apparels, chemicals and dry fruits.