TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: $200 BILLION IS NOW VERY CLOSE
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) announced the export figures for April. In April, Türkiye's exports reached 18 billion 766 million dollars, an increase of 109 percent compared to the same month last year, despite the pandemic, making it the highest April export in the history of the Republic. April exports made history becoming the second most exported month of all time after March 2021. The export family signed an export of 68 billion 752 million dollars in the January-April period, an increase of 33.1 percent compared to the same period in 2020. With an April record, the Turkish exporter has succeeded in closing the last five months with records. In April, 25 sectors increased their exports compared to the same month of the previous year. 9 sectors set the highest monthly export record in their history. Last month, the automotive sector maintained its leadership with 2.466 billion dollars. The Turkish exporter, which managed to wave the Turkish flag in 218 countries and regions in April, succeed to increase its exports to 182 countries. In April, 15 provinces achieved the highest monthly exports in their history, while 74 provinces achieved significant success by increasing their exports. In April, with the addition of 2,444 new companies to the export family, an all-time monthly record was set in the number of companies that started new exports.
TİM Chairman Gülle said, “It is time to mark this year with exports and to make 2021 the year of exports. Our exporters work with a belief that serves all national interests and fulfills all its duties properly. The Turkish exporter is performing exceptionally. Since the beginning of the year, our total exports have exceeded 68 billion dollars and in the last 6 months and 102 billion dollars last 6 months. Today, we are proud to realize the highest April exports in the history of the Republic. Thus, we have set an export record in the last five months in a row. The figures show that we will hopefully reach 200 billion dollars, which is higher than our annual export target of $184 billion, all together in soon. When the history of economics writes about the pandemic period, the achievements of the Turkish exporter will be written in gold letters in history.”
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100,000 exporters with 61 Exporters Association and 27 sectors, continues its efforts at full speed to achieve its export and target of 'Türkiye with Foreign Trade Surplus'. The Turkish exporter, which started this year with records by flying the Turkish flag all over the world, renews its export records every month despite the shrinking demand in global trade due to the pandemic and the shrinking of the world economies. The Turkish export family achieved a historic success in April as it does every month. The export family reached 18 billion 766 million dollars last month. We have reached the highest April export figure in our history. This month was the 2nd most exported month in the history of the Republic after March 2021. Successive monthly export records indicated that the export target of $184 billion will be surpassed in 2021, the first year of the new normal and that the export target of $200 billion is being moved towards the export target of $200 billion step by step.
Turkish Exporters Assembly announced the temporary foreign trade data for April with the participation of Trade Minister Mehmet Muş at a meeting in Ankara. According to the General Trade System (GTS), exports in April reached 18 billion 766 million dollars, an increase of 109 percent compared to the same month of the previous year, making it the highest April export in the history of the Republic.
"It is nobody's place to bring historical facts to an end"
Before mentioning the export figures in April, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, who started his speech by criticizing the statement made by the United States administration, said, "To label as "genocide" the events of 1915, which they describe so-called “Great catastrophe”, at the request of several radical pressure elements; this is to obey to the lobbies. It is no one's place to change historical facts, the facts laid out in official documents, to bring them to an end in one sentence. It should be well known that; The truth has a habit of coming out sooner or later. We, as the subjects of trade diplomacy on the ground, believe that our relations with the United States should not be sacrificed to the historically distorting ambitions of a group of radical pressures."
"In the last 6 months, our exports have exceeded 102 billion dollars"
Commenting on the export figures for April and the recent period, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, "We see clearly that the Turkish exporter has performed exceptionally in the last period of our exports. So much so that since the beginning of the year, our total exports have exceeded 68 billion dollars and in the last 6 months 102 billion dollars have reached 102 billion 686 million dollars. Today, we are proud to realize the highest April exports in the history of the Republic. Thus, we have set an export record in the last five months in a row. Our export family is always aiming further, higher. In April, our exports amounted to 18 billion 766 million dollars, an increase of 109 percent compared to the same month last year. This figure indicates that we have reached the highest April export figure in our history. At the same time, this month was the 2nd most exported month in the history of the Republic after March 2021."
"We will reach much higher than the $184 billion annual targets"
Stating that the Turkish exporter works with a belief that serves all national interests and fulfills all his duties properly, Gülle said, “Last year, the spring was the months we resist the first shock of the pandemic. We have seen trade almost stop all over the world. To eliminate the base effect, when we look at the change of our monthly exports compared to April 2019, we see an increase of 22.3 percent. In the first four months of 2021, our exports increased by 33.1 percent to 68 billion 752 million dollars. We have set an export record in the last five months in a row. The figures show that we will hopefully reach 200 billion dollars, which is higher than our annual export target of $184 billion, all together in soon. Behind all these successes lies a great effort. Although many of our export markets have not fully opened today, the April record is; It is an important work that each of our 100,000 exporters will inherit in history."
"The achievements of the Turkish exporter will be written in gold letters in history"
Stating that it is time to mark this year with exports and to make 2021 the year of exports, Gülle said: "I believe that when the history of economics writes the pandemic period, the achievements of the Turkish exporter will be written in gold letters in history. These great achievements also excite us to work harder and realize new projects for our exporter. April and May last year were the most challenging months of global trade and exports. In this sense, April is of particular importance to us. In April last year, when we shared our export figures with the public, we said, "The day is not a day of despair, but a day to prepare for opportunities in tomorrow." Thanks to God, the export family worked with great dedication. As the Turkish Exporters Assembly, we have made all the necessary preparations. Our government has supported us at every step of the process."
"We will achieve significant success in service exports"
Underlining that Türkiye continues its fight against the coronavirus with great effort, Gülle said, "Last week, with the additional measures announced by our President, we will hopefully achieve significant successes in our service exports under the leadership of tourism in the 2021 season. Our service exporters are ready to welcome their guests with safe tourism certificates. I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the export family to our esteemed President and thank our heroic health workers."
"Automotive is the leader; increase in carpet exports is 305 percent"
Referring to the performance of the sectors in April, Gülle said, "We see that 25 sectors increased their exports compared to the same month of the previous year. A total of 9 sectors achieved the highest monthly export performance in their history. These sectors; Chemical Substances and Products, Electrical – Electronics, Textiles and Raw Materials, Furniture, Paper and Forest Products, Air Conditioning Industry, Mining Products, Cement Glass-Ceramics, and Soil Products, Carpet and Aquaculture and Animal Products sectors. In April, while our automotive sector, which exports 2 billion 466 million dollars, maintains its leadership; Our Chemicals sector, which reached 2 billion 162 million dollars, came second; our steel sector, which reached 1 billion 658 million dollars, came third. The sectors that have achieved the strongest growth performance this month are Automotive, which increased by 313 percent to 2 billion 466 million dollars; Carpet, which increased by 305 percent to $306 million; There were Ship and Yacht sectors that increased by 280 percent to $110 million."
Record, the number of new companies participating in exports
Noting that April is the month with the newest participation in the export family, Gülle said, "We also set a new record for a new participation in the export family this month. 2,444 of our companies exported for the first-time last month. These companies, which have just started exporting, exported 136 million 896 thousand dollars in April. Looking at the overall table, a total of 44,484 companies exported in April. Thus, in the first four months of the year, the number of companies exporting for the first time was 5,461."
Exports to 182 countries increased; Automotive exports to Spain were notable
In April on a sectoral basis, emphasizing that the most notable increases were to Spain with 1059 percent in the Automotive sector; to the United Kingdom with 310 percent in the Ready-to-Wear sector; and to the USA with 257 percent in the Carpet industry, Gülle said, "This month, our exporters managed to fly the flag of our country in 218 countries and regions. We have succeeded in increasing our exports to 182 countries. In April, the top 3 countries with the most exports; Germany with $1 billion 654 million, the United States with $1 billion 182 million, and the United Kingdom with $1 billion 33 million dollars. The countries where we increased our exports the most in Terms of Amount in April; Germany increased by $793 million, the United Kingdom with an increase of $673 million, and the United States with an increase of $577 million. In April, when we look at exports according to the country groups, we see that our exports to the European Union (EU-27), our largest market, increased by 127 percent, reaching a volume of 7 billion 674 million dollars, and taking a 40.9 percent share of our exports. When we gathered other European countries other than the EU, the share of the European continent in our exports was 54 percent. In other countries, $3.37 billion to Near and Middle Eastern countries; $1.75 billion to the entire African continent; $1.57 billion to Far Eastern countries; North America is worth $1.34 billion, we exported.
1179 percent export increase from Sakarya
Stating that in April 74 provinces increased their exports, Gülle said, “Our 15 cities made the highest monthly exports in their history in April. The top 3 provinces that export the most, respectively İstanbul with $7 billion 239 million (98% increase), Bursa with 1 billion 360 million dollars, Kocaeli with 1 billion 321 million dollars (190% increase). The most notable increases are Sakarya, which reached $461 million with an increase of 1179 percent, Bursa exported $1.36 billion with a 212 percent increase, and Kocaeli, which signed $1.32 billion in exports with a 190 percent increase."
Export growth on a quantity basis was notable
Exports on a quantity basis; it was 15.63 million tons, up 43.6 percent from the same month last year. In the first four months, a total of 55.12 million tons of exports were realized, an increase of 14.2 percent.
Exports to 176 countries with Turkish Lira
In April, according to the declarations filed with the Turkish Lira, exports were made to 176 countries with a total amount of TL 5.63 billion. 7,628 companies preferred Turkish Lira in export transactions. TİM will continue to support the use of domestic currencies in bilateral trade. The recent increase in euro/dollar parity has reflected positively on exports. The positive impact of the increase in parity in April was $743 million. Since the beginning of the year, the increase in parity has been reflected in our exports as 2 billion 537 million dollars. The positive outlook for euro/dollar parity is expected to continue in the coming months.
"We will bring a national solution to the global problem in logistics with our portal"
Noting that very soon, by launching the Turkish Logistics Portal, they will offer a national solution to this global problem in logistics, Gülle said: "As in all areas, the globalization of trade means that the development at some point affects the whole world. The crisis in the Suez Canal last month is a good example of this situation. In the event of this crisis, we gave the necessary information to our exporters, who delivered products to the region, via our AloTİM line and our technical staff in immediate communication. In addition, with the online INCOTERMS seminar we held in the last month, we held a guiding meeting on the way of delivery to our exporters to prevent possible crises. Another important issue that stands out during this period is recent logistical cost increases and container problems all over the world. In this regard, we are nearing the end of our Logistics Portal project in Türkiye. We shape our portal through the comments and opinions of our export family. In this context, our survey on https://turkiyelojistikportali.com is still accessible and awaits your valuable participation. I invite all our exporters to contribute to the development of the platform".