TİM CHAIRMAN GULLE: “OUR AIM IS TO BREAK A NEW RECORD EACH MONTH”
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) announced February 2019 export data together with the Minister of Trade, Ms. Ruhsar Pekcan and the TİM Women's Council during a press conference held in Ankara.
According to the data, exports increased by 3.5 percent to $13.6 billion in February 2019, surpassing last year's record. According to the General Trade System, which includes free zone exports and warehouse data, exports amounted to $14.3 billion in February.
Speaking at the meeting, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said;
“Today, we are announcing our export data together with the members of TİM Women's Council, hence the data released this month has a different meaning for us. This year, we have achieved a performance above 2018. Now our aim is to break a new record each month. Our goal is to exceed $16 billion on monthly exports.”
Gülle also provided information about the work of the TİM Women's Council;
“I want to thank the Women's Council for their participation. It is a matter of utmost importance to include our women in this struggle to carry our country into the future. As you know, we established TİM Women's Council in October last year. I would like to congratulate them for their projects and I would like to congratulate all of women's International Women's Day.”
As for the export figures; with $2.5 billion in February, the automotive sector became the leader. Automotive was followed by Chemical Materials with $1.6 billion and Apparel with $1.4 billion. Fastest growing sector was Ship and Yacht sector with 35 percent growth rate, followed by Chemicals with 30 percent.
In terms of country data, Germany, UK and Italy were the first three countries with the highest exports. The remarkable increases in exports by countries were as follows: Exports to Malta increased by more than 1000%, exports to Libya doubled and exports to the United Arab Emirates, increased 1.5 times.
The most remarkable increases occurred in Kastamonu, Rize and Düzce. In February, exports in quantity increased by 20 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 11.3 million tons.