Gaziantep's Exports are Running to Record; Over $3.5 Billion in 4.5 Months

TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: WE WALK WITH GAZİANTEP FOR 200 BILLION DOLLARS

Gaziantep, one of the locomotive cities of exports, the 5th most exporting city in Türkiye, signed an important success increasing by 36.3 percent its exports compared to the same period the previous year, exceeding 3.5 billion dollars. The exports of the city, which is expected to surpass 9 billion dollars this year and set an all-time export record, increase every month, and make significant contributions to the country's exports; the Carpet sector became the shining star of the country with an increase of 54.6 percent $850 million in exports in 4.5 months. Last year, Gaziantep has set a record with a total of $7.94 billion in exports, an increase of 6.1 percent.

İsmail Gülle, chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly, who visited the Southeast Anatolia Exporters' Associations and the export family in the city, said, “By producing, providing employment, and added value, the Southeastern Anatolia Region and especially Gaziantep continue to make an important contribution to the future of our exports. Hopefully, we will reach 200 billion dollars which is much higher than our annual export target of $184 billion with the great contributions of our city. Behind all these successes lies a great effort. Last year we were second in the world in carpet exports. We hopefully aim to be first this year.”

Despite the contraction in global trade due to the pandemic, the Turkish exporter achieves historic achievements by setting new records every month. The export family, which carried out the V-type recovery in exports by rapidly adapting to unusual conditions, flew the Turkish flag in 218 countries and regions. In the first four months of 2021, exports increased by 33.1 percent to reach 68 billion 752 million dollars. The Turkish exporter is expected to reach $200 billion, surpassing this year's export target of $184 billion. Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100,000 exporters with 61 exporter associations, and 27 sectors, continues its work at full speed to reach its export target and strengthen the 'Made in Türkiye' brand in all corners of the world.

Visit to facilities that make important contributions to exports

TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle visited The Southeast Anatolia Exporters' Associations and the city's leading industrialists by coming to Gaziantep, the 5th most exporting city of Türkiye, for various contacts. Visiting the facilities belonging to Sanko Holding, one of Türkiye's leading exporters, Gülle visited carpet production facilities with GAİB Coordinator President Fikret Kileci, TİM Carpet Industry Board Chairman Salahattin Kaplan, and Southeast Anatolia Carpet Exporters Associations President Ahmet Kaplan. Gülle, who also conducted inspections in the production facilities operating within Altunkaya Group, received information about the facilities from Mahsum Altunkaya, President of the Southeast Anatolian Grains, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters Association, as part of the visit. Ismail Gulle congratulated the exporters of the region for their success.

Sectoral developments have been shared

GAİB Coordinator Chairman Ahmet Fikret Kileci gave various information about regional exports, Union activities, the Tissue Fabric Design Competition being conducted and the textile sector at the meeting. Mahsum Altunkaya, the president of the Southeast Anatolian Grain Pulses Oil Seeds and Products Exporters Association, shared information with Gülle about the cereal industry and the Faculty of Art and Design of Artuklu University GAİB Midyat, which is under construction, while Ahmet Kaplan, president of the Southeast Anatolian Carpet Exporters Association, conveyed the sectoral developments with the training activities carried out in partnership with MEB and GAÜN for the carpet sector. Mehmet Çıkmaz, president of the Dried Fruits and Products Exporters Association, spoke about the sector's latest situation in the region and its year-end targets. Stating that Türkiye has become the most important center in the world in carpet exports, TİM Carpet Sector Board Chairman Salahattin Kaplan also submitted his demands to TİM Chairman Gülle for the sector to export more.

New export records expected from the city

After the visits, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, Gaziantep Governor Davut Gül and Gaziantep Metropolitan Mayor Fatma Şahin and the export family of the city were hosted by Sanko holding honorary President Abdulkadir Konukoğlu at the dinner. Stating that exports from the Southeastern Anatolia Region and especially Gaziantep have made great contributions to the country's economy, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle congratulated the regional exporters and said that they expect new records by the end of 2021.

Gaziantep runs to $9 billion in exports

Stating that Gaziantep competes with itself about innovative investments, production, and employment as in most other subjects, as well as exports, Gülle, “Our Gaziantep has a very great economy as well as its industry. Our province, which has a long history, has achieved very important economic successes. Gaziantep, which has always been our pride in terms of our exports, is always among our leading exporter provinces. By producing, providing employment, and added value, the Southeastern Anatolia Region and especially Gaziantep continue to make an important contribution to the future of our country in increasing our exports. Gaziantep, one of the locomotive cities of our exports, ranks 5th among the most exporting cities. Our city set an export record last year with a total of $7.94 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent. This year, the trend continues to increase in 4.5 months. Our city's exports in 4.5 months increased by 36.3 percent compared to the same period last year, exceeding $3.5 billion. Gaziantep has succeeded in exporting to 188 countries and regions in 4.5 months. This year, we expect our city to surpass 9 billion dollars and set an all-time export record.” he said.

The carpet sector is in the first place in Gaziantep exports

Providing information about the top 5 sectors in Gaziantep's exports, and countries, Gülle said, “Between January 1 and May 16, 2021, carpet sector exports from our city reached a record of 850 million dollars with an increase of 54.6 percent. While the carpet industry ranks first; Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products with $763 million an increase of 15.1 percent, Textiles and Raw Materials with $691 million an increase of 58.8 percent, Chemicals and Products with $387 million an increase of 25.2 percent; and Furniture, Paper and Forest Products with $143 million an increase of 12.8 percent followed carpet sector. The most exported countries were Iraq with $517.5 million and an increase of 14.7 percent, the United States with $507 million with and an increase of 63.7 percent, the United Kingdom with $174 million and an increase of 78.8 percent, Syria with $141 million and an increase of 38.7 percent, and Germany with $119 million and an increase of 51 percent. Hopefully, we will reach 200 billion dollars which is much higher than our annual export target of $184 billion with the great contributions of our city, together soon. Behind all these achievements lies a great effort.”

“This year, the goal is to be in the first place in carpet exports”

Noting that Gaziantep exports carpets to 125 countries this year, Gülle said, “Our city exported carpets to different geographies of the world from Japan to Uruguay, Peru to Australia. Last year we were second in the world in carpet exports. We hope to be first this year. We are confident that the Turkish carpet industry, which guides the world, will set a new record in exports by the end of this year.”

Konukoğlu: Türkiye's exports are in very good shape

Hosting TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle in Gaziantep that Sanko Holding Honorary President Abdulkadir Konukoğlu drew particular attention to Türkiye's success in exports. Konukoğlu, advising new members of exports, “Today, our holding contributes to exports and employment with 15 thousand employees. It is hard to sell something, but you should not give up. Even if they fire, they must find a way. They should turn up like a bad penny. You talk to companies a thousand times, but you sell stuff once. Saying 'I have said it three times, but it is negative' is not a true idea. A good salesman is not afraid to be fired. But right now, Türkiye's export is in very good shape. Türkiye's defense industry is also in a very good place. Congratulations to all industry representatives in Türkiye. The place of Türkiye is important today. No matter what industry you work in, you must have a policy to be successful. In that principle of our holding, the signature of my late father Sani Konukoğlu. My father has a very famous saying, I have always taken that sentence as a principle, 'Honesty is the trick.' You can only make money if you are honest. Wrong ways cost money.” he said.

Gaziantep's monthly exports in 2021

(Comparison compared to the same period the previous year)

January: 669 million dollars - up 8.7 percent

February: 744 million dollars - up 18.0 percent

March: 873 million dollars- up 43.7 percent

April: 883 million dollars - up 91.3 percent

May 1-16: 348.5 million dollars - up 31.1 percent

1 January-16 May: 3 billion 518 million dollars – up 36.3 percent

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