In the January-September period of 2021, exports amounted to $1 billion 59 million 707 thousand 495 from the provinces of Trabzon, Rize, Artvin and Gumushane in the Eastern Black Sea Region. It was stated that there was a 9% increase in exports compared to the same period of the previous year.
In the statement made by the Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association, it was stated that in the January-September period of 2021, exports from the Eastern Black Sea Region amounted to $1 billion 59 million 707 thousand 495. While there was an increase of 2% in Trabzon and 45% in Rize, the highest increase was experienced in Gumushane with 60%. It was noted that the most important factor in the high rate increases from Rize and Gumushane was the increase in the worldwide unit prices of metal mining products, which are the products most exported from these provinces, compared to previous years. While there was a decrease of 5% in Artvin exports, it was reported that this situation resulted from the low demand for fresh fruit and vegetable exports to Georgia, the most important market of the province, compared to previous years.
In the first 9 months of the year covering the January-September period of 2021 from the provinces of Trabzon, Rize, Artvin and Gumushane, the sectors with the highest exports are hazelnuts and their products, with exports amounting to $531 million 551 thousand 531, fresh fruits and vegetables with export of $143 million 480 thousand 924, mineral and metal products with export of $143 million 171 thousand 697, aquaculture with exports of $84 million 697 thousand 21, automotive industry with $33 million 465 thousand 484, defense industry with $18 million 458 thousand 727, respectively.
EXPORTS TO 28 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
The sector, which achieved a high rate of increase in exports from the region, became the defense industry with an increase of 93%. There was a high rate of increase of 61% in the exports of the mineral metals sector and the automotive industry sectors, and 24% in the exports of fresh fruits and vegetables. While exports were made to 128 different countries from the Eastern Black Sea Region in the first 9 months of 2021, the top 5 exporting countries were Italy, Russian Federation, Germany, People’s Republic of China and Georgia, respectively. Exports from these countries to Italy increased by 12% compared to the same period of the previous year, while exports to the Russian Federation increased by 35% and to the People’s Republic of China by 47%.
East Black Sea Exporters’ Association (DKIB) Chairman of the Board Saffet Kalyoncu, who made evaluations about the exports, said that it is a proud development that the exports from the region exceeded the $1 billion limit in 9 months of the year. Kalyoncu stated that the exporters of the region are proud of this success despite the intense competitive environment in foreign markets and cost pressures at home, and expressed their hope that the region’s export year will close with a good export performance.
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz