While the Turkish export family who flies the Turkish flag in many countries from different geographies of the world, broke records every month, Sivas succeeded in exporting to 90 countries. Drawing attention to the successful export performance of Sivas, especially to European and American countries, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “Sivas's export has increased significantly by 53 percent in the last 10 years to 76 million dollars. Among the countries where exports from our city exceeded $1 million in 2020, exports to Thailand increased by 277 percent, Australia by 208 percent, and Israel by 83 percent compared to the previous year. Our Sivas exporters exported to 12 countries from Congo to Vietnam, Colombia to Estonia for the first time in 2020. Earlier month, for the first time in Sivas, the export of our domestic tomatoes grown with geothermal water began. Sivas, which until yesterday imported fruits and vegetables from outside, now exports to the world. Our city makes exports to 90 countries.”
Turkish Exporters Assembly, the only umbrella organization of 100 thousand exporters with 61 exporters associations and 27 sectors in Türkiye, continues its “SME Export Mobilization Training Programs”. Within the scope of the program, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to exports. The last of the training was carried out online for Sivas. Participants were informed about many topics such as how to become an exporter, how to benefit from export-related supports, and financing of exports. Sivas Governor Salih Ayhan and TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle attended the opening of the program, which received a lot of attention. In his speech on the program, Gülle stated that the export family flies the Turkish flag in many countries in different geographies of the world, pointing out that Sivas also succeeded in exporting to 90 countries an earlier year.
Export success to Congo and Vietnam
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, who gave information about the exports of his hometown of Sivas and the “TİM SME Export Mobilization Program” at the event, said, “Our Sivas is an ancient land where the foundations of our Republic are laid, civilizations meet, the land of poets, thatch, the word, and our cultural riches live together. As a son of this land, I am expressing my longings for Sivas which is my family home. Over the past 10 years, Sivas' exports have increased significantly by 53 percent to 76 million dollars. Sivas performed a particularly successful export performance to European and American countries. Last year, our Sivas companies exported 12.7 million dollars to the United States, 12.5 million dollars to China, and 7.4 million dollars to Germany. Also, among the countries where exports from our city exceeded 1 million dollars in 2020, exports to Thailand increased by 277 percent, Australia by 208 percent, and Israel by 83 percent compared to the previous year. Our Sivas exporters exported to 12 countries from Congo to Vietnam, Colombia to Estonia for the first time in 2020. It was carried out exports to 90 countries.”
Machinery Components Sector is a leader in exports
Stating that the most exports from Sivas were made in the Machinery Components Sector with 25.9 million dollars, Gülle said, “This sector was followed by Mining with 17.8 million dollars and Iron and Non-Ferrous Metals with 5.9 million dollars. When we analyze Sivas' exports on a product basis, we see that exports are realized in 604 different 6 GTIP coded products. In 297 of these products, our country has a competitive advantage. In Sivas' exports, the products that our country has a competitive advantage were marble, travertines wheat flour, vermiculite, perlite and chlorides, furniture, wooden furniture, and heat pumps. The five most Sivas' exported products in 2020 were transmission shafts, cranks, block marble, travertine, medical furniture parts and parts, disinfectants, carved marble, travertine, and water marble. Our province has great potential with its geographically marked products in the Agriculture and Animal Products sectors.”
“Thanks to our pieces of training, 1500 companies start exporting every month”
Noting that in Sivas the exports of domestic tomatoes grown with geothermal water were also started for the first time last month, Gülle said, “Sivas, which until yesterday imported fruit and vegetables from outside, now sells products to the world. Congratulations to our Sivas investors, producers, and industrialists. Since taking office, we have been working with great speed in every corner of our country to bring new members and new exporters to our export family. To encourage exports and start our companies to exporting, we have examined in detail many models applied in the world. As a result of our work, “TİM SME Export Mobilization”, which contained the firsts in its field, appeared. Today, nearly two years have passed since our first training program. In these two years, 35,677 companies joined the export family. Our number of exporters is mentioned in 100 thousand. Thanks to these pieces of training, an average of 1500 companies start exporting every month. These great successes excite us for more our company to be an exporter. Today in Sivas, this is the main reason why we organize this training. Because more exports are possible with more exporters. Today, even if a company starts exporting because of education, that company will play an important role in the future of our country by exporting for perhaps years. With this belief, in the last two years, we have organized 12 “SME Export Mobilization Training”, 11 in our country and one on a digital platform in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
“We will build 'Türkiye Rising with Exports' together
Stating that they designed TİM SME Export Mobilization Training Programs for three target audiences, Gülle said, “The first is the representatives of companies that already have their businesses and want to carry out export activities. Second, companies that want to ensure continuous export growth. Third, young entrepreneurs... With our training, our competent experts conveyed their experiences to our companies and entrepreneurs in many subjects such as Marketing Strategies in Exports, Export Support Programs, Project Preparation, Export Financing, Export Loans, Guarantee Insurance Applications for Export. I firmly believe that hundreds of company representatives and entrepreneurs who will participate in our Sivas TİM SME Export Mobilization Training program, which we have opened together today, will take their first step to export. We believe that our collective development will be with the development of our distinguished cities such as Sivas. We will build 'Türkiye, Rising with Exports' together.”