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Turkey: Libya and India breakthrough in fresh fruit and vegetable exports

Nejdat Sin, Chairman of the Mediterranean Exporters’ Associations (AKIB) Coordinator and Chairman of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, stated that Turkey exported $367.9 million of fresh fruit and vegetables in November, and that they achieved remarkable increases in the Libyan and Indian markets.

Emphasizing that the most important agenda of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector is market diversity, Nejdat Sin, Coordinator Chairman of Mediterranean Exporters’ Associations (AKIB) and Chairman of the Board of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, said, “When we consider that 64% of our fresh fruit and vegetable export market consists of the first 5 countries, we find the performance we achieved in the Libyan and Indian markets in November very meaningful.”

Noting that the main markets for Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports are the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Middle East, President Sin said that they have begun to see the positive results of the efforts to reach new markets in North Africa and South Asia.

President Sin stated that Russia ranked first with a value of $137.6 million in the list of countries to which they exported the most in November, followed by Ukraine with a value of $39.5 million, and Iraq with a value of $31 million. He stated that despite the deterioration in the supply chain and the increase in production and logistics costs, they continue to make great efforts to make the best use of the hard work and effort of the Turkish manufacturer in the global markets.

“WE HAVE TO REDUCE RISKS BY REACHING ALTERNATIVE MARKETS”

President Sin said, “In our fresh fruit and vegetable exports, 64% of our market consists of Russia, Germany, Iraq, Romania and Ukraine. Russia comes first with a market share of 33%.

Russia is followed by Germany with 10%, Iraq with 8%, Romania with 7% and Ukraine with 6%. The limited market diversity in the emerging picture and possible restrictions on some products exported by Turkey in Russia and Iraq create great risks for both our producers and exporters.

Due to geopolitical tensions and the rise of protectionist walls, the balance of global trade is expected to change frequently in the coming period. Therefore, we have to turn to alternative markets and minimize risks through value-added production.

It is pleasing that our exporters, acting with this approach, exported $2.9 million to Libya with an increase of 121% and $8.1 million to India with an increase of 103% in November.

“WE EXPORTED MANDARIN, LEMON AND GRAPE THE MOST IN NOVEMBER”

Evaluating Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports in November according to product groups, President Sin said:

“In the said period, as an industry, we evaluated 713 thousand 558 tons of products in the international market and earned $367 million 940 thousand for our country. Our Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, which signed an export of $176.8 million in November, had a 48% share in this performance.

At the beginning of the products we exported the most in November, mandarin came with a value of $116.5 million. Lemon took the second place with a value of $34.5 million, and grapes took the third place with a value of $31.9 million.

In this period, the products that we increased the export volume the most were carrot-radish, chestnut, apple, pumpkin and pear.”

Source: NTV / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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