Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) has launched a new mobilization of exports after the economic reform announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. TİM met with Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu on logistics, which constitutes the most important element of exports, regarding the new era.
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, “As the export family we have launched a new export mobilization within the scope of the reform process announced by our President in the economy. Our exports, which were 36 million tons in 2000, will reach 200 million tons in 2023, quantity based. Especially at the point of increasing the capacity to transport by rail and developing the railway infrastructure, we need your support” he said.
Minister Karaismailoğlu, "As TİM, you have a big success, almost writing a history. TİM's efforts to solve the problems of our exporters and to open them up in foreign markets have contributed greatly to the growth of Türkiye's economy in every period. In our country, the number of exports increased from $36 billion in 2002 to more than $180 billion in 2019. We have invested a total of over 900 billion Liras in the last 18 years for transportation and communication services.” he said.
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization in Türkiye with 61 exporters' associations, 27 sectors, and 95,000 exporters, has launched a new mobilization for exports after economic reform announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Within the scope of the new export mobilization, TİM Expanded Presidents of Boards was held with the participation of Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu and union presidents, hosted by TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle. The demands of exporters and proposals for solutions were expressed at the meeting.
“TİM has always been an opinion leader in its field”
Expressing that TİM's efforts to solve the problems of exporters and to remove the obstacles in foreign markets have contributed greatly to the growth of Türkiye's economy in each period, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “Turkish Exporters Assembly, which successfully continues its activities to ensure the development of foreign trade following the interests of our country, has always been a leader of opinion in its field. Dear TİM members, you are making great achievements, you are almost writing a history. TİM's efforts to solve the problems of exporters and to remove the obstacles in foreign markets, have contributed greatly to the growth of Türkiye's economy in each period. Following, the goal we all serve is not to be “developing”, but to be a “developed” country. And Türkiye must be among the top 10 additional economics in the world as our President has stated. During our 18-year rule, we have worked to connect all parts of Türkiye, and more to make our geography a gateway to the important trade routes of the world and our region. As well as transportation modes, we have built a system that fits the needs of the era of communication.” he said.
“We will continue to stand by our exporters”
Stating that they are aware of the difficulties in international transit due to pandemics, the long waiting at the border crossings, and the problems about forms of authority at customs, Minister Karaismailoğlu continued, “I want to assure you that we have focused all our attention on solving these issues. I believe that our meeting with you will be extremely useful in hearing your demands and suggestions and producing solutions together. As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we will always continue to stand by our valued exporters with our investments all times. With each project that comes to life, we will give momentum to our foreign trade activities and increase the competitiveness of our exporters. We always believe that we will win together.”
“We have invested over 900 million pounds in 18 years”
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, “We have started to all the work that had been neglected, ignored, postponed in the past, with a great speed and a sense of ownership. Because we knew that if we did not build the right infrastructure and transportation system, we would not be able to capture the economic and social development we were targeting. We have shouldered a whole development that will have an impact on the whole country, not the regional one. We have invested a total of over 900 billion Liras in the last 18 years for transportation and communication services. We did not slow down for a moment. While I am having this conversation today, our workers and engineers spend effort at 3,000 active construction sites in the whole country. Today we have uninterrupted travel from Edirne to Şanlıurfa in divided ways. YHT coverage is expanding every day and spreading to Anatolia. We are building new ports, shipyards, and fishing shelters to suit the need of the age. Since 2002, we have increased the number of airports from 22 to 56. We have the airlines that have the most flight to Europe's points. We have got a lot of work to do. Our responsibility is to strengthen this unique Transport and Infrastructure Move, which has been going on for 18 years, to move it into the future. So, working very effective and value-added.” he said.
“We will have a say in space too”
“In summary, we see our job as providing maximum effectiveness and efficiency in all modes of transportation and communication in terms of load, human and data mobility”, Karaismailoğlu said, “As much as the road, tunnel, bridge, and railway construction we invest to implement the smart transportation applications and to take advantages of the value that digitalization offers us. As the number of our smart motorways increases, we are digitizing rail services in management and service processes. On the other hand, we want to increase the number of satellites in communication, domestic, and national qualities. In this sense, by the end of 2020, we will send 5A into space and then we will have a say in space with our 5B, 6A, 6B satellites. Türkiye faces the opportunity to become a logistics hub on the north-south and east-west axis due to changing supply chain routes. In the heart of the new Silk Road, we are at the center of strengthening geography. We are the bridge of commercial corridors.”
“We have the power to make our country a logistical superpower soon”
Emphasizing that the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge will fire improvement not only in Marmara but also in our geography, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “We have the power to make our country a logistical superpower soon. If we tell based on the example of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge which we will open on March 18, 2022, the cycle of uninterrupted, fast, and efficient transportation in the Marmara region, the heart of Türkiye's economy and our gateway to the world, is competing with the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge. Moreover, by connecting Thrace with the Aegean, we are once again connecting our Aegean, Mediterranean, and Central Anatolia regions with Europe. Our Aegean Region is now much closer to Europe with its rich agricultural products, strong industry, unique nature, historical and cultural values. The new investments will provide the revival needed for new jobs, employment opportunities. Marmaray is a very good example in this sense. Today it carries cargo and passengers between Asia and Europe continents and connects two continents commercially. In summary, we have brought each point of our country closer together with projects that are reformed in land, air, sea, and railways, and we have also connected the important trade and travel routes of the Eurasian Region. Projects such as Avrasya Tunnel, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Osmangazi Bridge, İzmir Highway, North Marmara Highway have accelerated and made not only Türkiye but also the trade routes of the whole region more comfortable.”
"Our export amount exceeded 180 billion dollars in 2019"
Pointing that Türkiye's exports increased from $36 billion in 2002 to more than $180 billion in 2019, Minister Karaismailoğlu, “In the first 10 months, over $135 Billion has been exported, despite the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, which has spread all over the world this year and has deeply shaken international trade. Undoubtedly, our vision of transportation and communication which we put forward 18 years ago, has a share in these successes. Because investments in transportation make significant contributions for our producers, industrialists to deliver their products to buyers at home and abroad in the most modern, fastest, and safest way. Cost-effective transportation also controls production input costs. In short, safe, fast, and easy transportation; is the most important component of trade, production, and exports.” he said.
“The future of Türkiye is very bright”
New trade routes with north-south, east-west axis in the center of our country allow us to be a quarterback. Therefore, we must complete our transport and communication moves in the most quickly to support our big goals in the field of economy. That way, it will be only a matter of time before we are a logistical superpower in our region, and we are in a position to dominate world trade with our geography located at the heart of the New Silk Road. We know very well that we need to be fully prepared for these opportunities that will come our way. First, there is a value, if it does not exist, we cannot achieve. This value is unity and solidarity. Unity in both emotion and mind. Like a single upper mind, we must project the future of our country together, to exchange ideas constantly, we always must work hand in hand, with heart. After all, there is not one day to lose. As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we promise that we will come running to every joint invitation and every message from valued exporters from today.
Chairman Gülle: We predict that exports will reach 200 million tons
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said that while exports have experienced record increases in quantity-based since 2000, exports rase on a tonnage-based. Stating that our exports reached 146 million tons in 2019, which was 36 million tons in 2000, Gülle continued, “In 2023, we predict that exports will reach 200 million tons by quantity. With our developing exports, the need for logistics naturally is also increasing. Rival countries are building their whole strategy on this. China, for example, delivers its products to all over the world in 15 days by train commissioned in the belt road project, while we are not yet delivering our products to European countries, 2 thousand-3 thousand kilometers away, in less than 1 week. Therefore, it is very important that we can transport faster and cheaper to the European Union.”
Due to the increasing volume, there are sometimes serious densities at the border crossings to Europe Gülle said, "Representatives of our country's exports to observe the problems on the spot, we visited the Kapıkule and Hamzabeyli Border crossings. We have seen that the establishment of an infrastructure where our companies exporting by road through these doors can export their products by rail and sea will contribute greatly to the reduction of density to er to exceed the density. Now the sea and rail need to be much more prominent in our exports. Increasing the weight of rail and seaway in our exports will make it very easy for us to realize our exports without being caught in the commercial barriers that Europe has put in front of us, especially like the European Green Deal and Zero Emissions target.”
Share of the railway 0.8 percent
Saying that logistics railway and airline weight should be increased quickly, Gülle continued, “In total exports in 2019, airline transportation is at 8.2 percent and rail transportation is only 0.8 percent. The share of air transport in export transportation has declined compared to previous years, while a chart has been formed that remains stable on the railway. We need your support, especially at the point of increasing rail transport capacity and improving railway infrastructure. Investments in railway projects that will facilitate logistics in terms of cost, safety, and speed will carry our country to strong tomorrows."
Exporter awaits the start of Ro-Ro flights from İzmir
Expressing their very satisfied with the gains in sea transportation, Gülle said: "We wholeheartedly support the projects announced by our Ministry on connecting OSB areas and ports to railway networks. Sea transportation in Türkiye's exports increased from 53.4 percent in 2014 to 60.3 percent in 2019. However, one way to increase the share of our exports by the sea in our total transportation is to spread Ro-Ro transportation. Ro-Ro enables the chain to flow quickly for routes after arrival ports, providing our exporters with significant flexibility and cost advantage. We expect the necessary procedures to be completed quickly to resume Ro-Ro voyages at Alsancak Port.”