Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Anatolian Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters Association, stated that they exported $2 billion 82 million 33 thousand to 171 countries in the period of January-September 2021 from the Southeastern Anatolia Region. He added that the national container system should be established in order to overcome the container crisis, which has recently become a global crisis.
Southeast Anatolia Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association Board of Directors met at the GAIB service building under the chairmanship of Mahsum Altunkaya and evaluated the agenda. In the meeting where the export figures of January-September 2021 were discussed, the issue of international transportation, which has become a global crisis, was also discussed. Pointing out that the global epidemic has taught people many things, Mayor Mahsum Altunkaya stated that this process contributed to the understanding of the importance of agriculture and agricultural products once again. He stated that in the January-September 2021 period, cereals and pulses exporters from the Southeast realized a total of $2 billion 82 million 33 thousand of exports from the region with an increase of 27.5% compared to the same period of the previous year, and that grain and pulses were exported to 171 countries in this process.
“WE MUST TURN THE CRISIS INTO AN OPPORTUNITY BY ESTABLISHING OUR NATIONAL CONTAINER SYSTEM”
Pointing out that the container crisis, which has become a global crisis, affects all the sector’s exporters negatively, President Altunkaya added that if this export continues for a long time, global expensiveness will come to the fore, and said, “The container crisis that started during the pandemic process is getting deeper day by day. The container crisis is getting deeper day by day. Recently, international shipping companies have been acting jointly, triggering the increase in freight prices. According to the Drewery World Container Index, the increase in ship container prices has reached 300% compared to a year ago. Of course, our country is among the countries most affected by this crisis. Our exporters are trying to find alternative solutions in this regard for uninterrupted export. The most important step to be taken in the medium and long term is to establish our national container system and maritime trade network.”
SECTORAL LEADER IN EXPORT OF SOUTHEASTERN WERE GRAIN AND PULSES
Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Anatolian Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters Association, also stated that the exporters from the Southeast exported a total of $2 billion 82 million 33 thousand to 171 countries in the January-September 2021 period, an increase of 27.5% compared to the same period of the previous year. He added that the grain industry maintains the leadership in the region’s exports on a sectoral basis.
MIDDLE EAST MARKET CONTINUES TO BE THE FAVORITE OF SOUTHEASTERN EXPORTERS
President Altunkaya stated that in the January-September period of 2021, the highest amount of exports to the Middle East countries was $1 billion 127 million 123 thousand with an increase of 35.9% compared to the same period of the previous year. He stated that the Middle East countries were followed by African countries with $565 million 797 thousand and American countries with $218 million 930 thousand. President Altunkaya, who also drew attention to the significant increases in the Middle East, African and American countries in this process, said that they exported $75 million 954 thousand to European Union countries with an increase of 49% compared to the same period of the previous year, and $35 million 238 thousand to Asian and Oceania countries. $24 million 178 thousand were exported to the former Eastern Bloc Countries, $16 million 892 thousand to other European countries, $11 million 7 thousand to the Turkic Republics. A total of $2 billion 82 million 33 thousand were exported to the free zones, $6 million 841 thousand and $73 thousand were exported to other countries.
IRAQ, SYRIA AND IRAN ARE IN THE TOP THREE EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
Stating that the record in country-based exports is Iraq with $620 million 995 thousand, President Mahsum Altunkaya added that this country is followed by Syria with $177 million 171 thousand and Iran with $171 million 567 thousand. In this process, Djibouti with $121 million 150 thousand, Venezuela with $104 million 454 thousand, the United States with $84 million 614 thousand, and Somalia with $73 million 136 thousand, Benin with $41 million 945 thousand, Angola with $39 million 73 thousand and Lebanon with $37 million 961 thousand were among the top ten countries to which the most exports were made.
“CHAMPION OF THE REGIONAL EXPORT WERE PASTA, VEGETABLE OILS AND WHEAT FLOUR”
Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Anatolian Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association, also stated that the leadership in the product-based export of cereals and pulses exporters from the Southeast is in pasta with $426 million 667 thousand. He added that in this process, vegetable oils came in second place with $402 million 239 thousand after pasta and wheat flour came in third place with $366 million 779 thousand. In the period of January-September 2021, pasta, vegetable oils and wheat flour took the first three places in product-based exports from the region, followed by biscuit-pastry products with $201 million 886 thousand, cocoa products with $98 million 209 thousand, various feeds with $85 million 508 thousand, margarine with $70 million 470 thousand and semolina with $53 million 631 thousand. In the same period, among the most exported products from the region, sugar and confectionery products, oil seeds and products, bulgur, lentils, chickpeas, spices, olive oil and derivatives as well as beans were exported.”
“REGIONAL EXPORTERS WILL WORK FOR NEW RECORD IN THE LAST QUARTER”
Expressing that they expect a significant increase in exports in the last quarter of 2021, Southeastern Anatolia Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association Chairman Mahsum Altunkaya stated that exporters from the Southeast will take part in the fairs to be held in different countries in this period as well. “In the last quarter of the year, we will continue our efforts to increase our share in our existing markets and to be more effective in new markets. I congratulate all our exporters who have a role in the success achieved in exports.”
“WE CONGRATULATE GAZIANTEP’S STARS”
President Mahsum Altunkaya also stated that they congratulate the stars of Gaziantep, which was awarded by the Gaziantep Chamber of Industry in the ISO Top 500 Turkey’s Largest Industrial Organizations. “I congratulate all our industrialists, businessmen and exporters who received awards at the Stars of Gaziantep Award Ceremony organized by our Gaziantep Chamber of Industry. Working, investing, producing, creating employment and exporting are of great importance for the development of the country. I congratulate our companies and those who contributed to the success, and thank GSO for their great efforts in this beautiful organization.”
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz