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International transport in Turkiye increased by 20%

Murat Bastor, General Manager of Transport Services Regulation of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, announced that international transport increased by 20% in the 6-month period of 2022 in Turkiye.

According to the statement made by the Kayseri Chamber of Commerce (KTO), “Consultation Meeting on International and Domestic Goods Transportation Sector Problems by Road” was held by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkiye (TOBB) with the support of the chamber.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, KTO Board Member Latif Baskal drew attention to the importance of transportation and said, “With globalization, the free movement of products, raw materials, materials, semi-finished products, production tools and people at the international level has paved the way for the increase of transportation activities, its technological development and its indispensability.

As long as there are distances between consumer demands and needs and production points and consumption points to meet them, the importance of transportation activities will increase even more.

“We have carried out more than 1.5 million shipments from 21 countries”

General Manager Murat Bastor also stated that the services they provide touch everyone’s life and they try to do things that will bring people together on a common ground.

Stating that as the Ministry, they carry out their work in the digital environment, Bastor said:

“The number of services provided in 2021 exceeded 40 million. This is an extremely large number. I would like to emphasize that we are one of the institutions that use e-Devlet most effectively. We transferred 95% of the service we provide to e-Devlet. There is digitalization at every stage of our lives. We took another important step to meet the driver need in the industry and to prevent disruptions in the supply chain.

We increased the age limit from 66 to 69 until 31 December 2023. In this context, we have rearranged the SCR documents of more than 10 thousand drivers to date. We organized a workshop with TOBB to find a permanent solution to the driver problem. We are working hard on how we can bring new drivers to the sector, especially how we can encourage young people. We will develop incentive mechanisms. There are serious returns on the new driver from the field.”

Explaining that they broke records in international land transportation last year, Bastor said, “We have carried out more than 1.5 million shipments by obtaining 200 thousand additional documents from 21 countries. We continue our work in 2022 without slowing down. The number of additional documents we received and the quota increase has already exceeded 260 thousand. In the first 6 months, we increased our international shipments by 20%.”

Cengiz Delibas, Deputy Secretary General of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkiye (TOBB), emphasized that the logistics and transportation sector is one of the most painful and also compulsory sectors.

At the meeting, developments in the sector, problems and solutions were discussed.

Source: Trthaber / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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