While Turkish exporters export medical products produced with national facilities to many countries from different geographies, there are large increases in medical product exports after the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, when the pandemic occurred, Türkiye's total medical product exports increased by 108 percent to 5 billion dollars. While the world's demand for Turkish medical products has increased every year, last year, Turkish companies exported 243 million dollars-worth of disinfectants and 48 million dollars in respirators, an increase of 1,195 percent.
Emphasizing that the breathing apparatus exported by Turkish companies ensures the survival of patients around the world, İsmail Gülle, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), said, “Our country, with its production capacity, has not only responded quickly to the increasing demand; in a short time, also doubled the export of medical products. This process has proven to the world that Türkiye is a reliable supplier port. In the rapidly growing medical product market, our country is a much more important player today than it was a year ago. As of June, we plan to return to our physical activities gradually.”
The export family, which make to wave the Turkish flag all over the world, has succeeded in closing the last three months with a record between February last year and the last three months. The 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 achieve its export target and strengthen the 'Made in Türkiye' brand.
The world uses Turkish products
After the coronavirus pandemic, which affected the world deeply, disinfectants and masks became indispensable in everyday life, while the demand for medical products increased at a record level. While there is great interest in medical textile products in the world, Türkiye's exports of medical products increased by 108 percent to $5 billion last year. Turkish-produced medical products, including respirators, are used by many countries in different geographies.
Türkiye's success in medical product exports was also noted in the “Medical Textile and Personal Protective Equipment Sector Virtual Trade Delegation” program organized by the Southeast Anatolian Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association for Germany, Austria, and France, which is one of Türkiye's major markets. Deputy Minister of Commerce Rıza Tuna Turagay, Turkish Ambassador to Vienna Ozan Ceyhun, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, and Southeast Anatolia Exporters Associations (GAUB) Coordinator Ahmet Fikret Kileci attended the opening of the program coordinated by the Ministry of Commerce.
“As of June, we plan to return to our physical activities gradually”
Speaking at the opening of the program, İsmail Gülle, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly, said, “Thanks to the virtual trade delegations we have implemented, we had the opportunity to meet with our ambassadors and advisors. We worked shoulder to shoulder with our diplomatic representatives. As the cooperation between us strengthens, Türkiye's exports will also strengthen. Besides, we had the opportunity to carry out our delegations with more intensive participation and lower costs. As of June, we plan to return to our physical activities gradually. However, we will continue to benefit from our experience on digital platforms not only in delegations but also in many events such as fairs, competitions, and award ceremonies in the new period.”
Gülle pointed that the pandemic reminds the world again how strategic the health sector is and that many countries are unable to keep up with the increasingly rapid demand for health products. In these products, in foreign dependent countries; Stating that there are no respirators, masks, and protective medical equipment, Gülle said that this situation increased the casualties and hit the economy.
243 million dollars in disinfectant exports, up 2,115 percent
Emphasizing that according to the WTO classification last year, Türkiye's total medical product exports increased by 108 percent to 5 billion dollars, Gülle said, “Fortunately, our country not only quickly responded to the increasing demand with its production capacity; In a short time, it has doubled the medical product exports. In 2020, our disinfectant exports increased by 2,115 percent to 243 million dollars, our respirator exports to 48 million dollars with an increase of 1,195 percent, and our surgical gloves export reached 53 million dollars with an increase of 164 percent. In 2020, our sector performed successfully in Germany, France, and Austria, where our virtual trade delegation took place. In 2020, our medical product exports to Germany were 495 million dollars, with an increase of 207 percent, to France, an increase of 160 percent, 138 million dollars, and to Austria an increase of 195 percent, 41 million dollars.
“Türkiye has great importance in the medical product market”
Stating that the breathing apparatus exported by Turkish companies today ensures the survival of patients all around the world, Gülle said, “This process has proven to the world that Türkiye is a reliable supplier port. In the rapidly growing medical product market, our country is a much more important player today than it was a year ago. The export family quickly eliminated the negative effects of the pandemic and strengthened its reliable image. Today, if we are advancing towards the export target of 200 billion dollars with new records, our medical product manufacturers and exporters have a big part to play in this. I would like to thank our producers and exporters in the medical product sector who have been very supportive both in the protection of public health and in the continuity of economic activities during this difficult period. I believe that in the coming period, our medical sector will continue its successful course and will make important contributions to the goal of Türkiye rising with exports”.
Kileci: Gaziantep is the 5th most exporter city
Ahmet Fikret Kileci, Coordinator of Southeast Anatolia Exporters' Associations (GAUB), said: “I believe that the Southeastern Anatolia Region under the leadership of Gaziantep and Gaziantep, which sets an example with its entrepreneurship, are at the forefront in the economic struggle that we have given as a country.
In 2019, our region exported approximately 8.9 billion dollars to 192 countries, while Gaziantep became the 6th most exporting province of Türkiye with an export volume of 7.5 billion dollars. In 2020; exports from our region increased by 4.1 percent to 9.3 billion dollars. Exports from Gaziantep increased by 6.1 percent to 7.9 billion dollars and thus our city rose to 5th place among the most exporting cities in Türkiye.
“This success of Gaziantep and Southeastern Anatolia Region is due to its entrepreneurial potential”
Stating that the need for personal protective equipment, especially all over the world, has mobilized entrepreneurs in Gaziantep and the region, Kileci said, “Our region has naturally come to the forefront because almost 90 percent of the non-woven fabrics used in the construction of this equipment are produced in and around Gaziantep. In 2020, 1 billion 493 million dollars-worth of mask-overalls-aprons were exported from Türkiye, 141 million 916 thousand of this was made by GAIB members. Gaziantep's mask - overalls – apron exports in 2020 amounted to 115 million 887 thousand dollars. Today, Türkiye pays only 1 percent of the EU's mask imports. Imports from China are at 90 percent. In protective clothing, China's market share is 58.4 percent, while our market share is only 8.2 percent. We think we can change these numbers to our advantage. We aim to permanently increase our exports of medical textiles and personal protective equipment for these markets.”
Virtual landing from TİM to India
Meanwhile, the Turkish Exporters Assembly continues its Virtual Trade Delegation programs with India between March 15 and 26 to reduce the effects of Covid-19 on exports. Deputy Minister of Commerce Gonca Yılmaz Batur, Turkish Ambassador to New Delhi Şakir Özkan Torunlar, and TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle opened the India Virtual Trade Delegation program organized by TİM in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce.
Foreign trade volume between the two countries is 5.7 billion dollars
Speaking at the opening of the program, Gülle stated that Türkiye cannot remain indifferent to India, which is expected to be the fifth-largest economy in the world in 2025 and the third-largest in the world in 2030. “The Türkiye-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was raised in the early 2010s and initiatives started with the Joint Working Group. We believe that finalizing and implementing the agreement will have a strong impact on bilateral trade relations. As the field workers of Türkiye's foreign trade, we want to make the best use of business opportunities in India within the framework of the mutual win-win principle. With an economy reaching 2.6 trillion dollars by 2020, India has a foreign trade volume of 663 billion dollars. In 2020, Türkiye-India foreign trade volume reached 5.7 billion dollars.” he said.
Our exports increased in the first two months
Reminding that Türkiye's exports to India amounted to 890 million dollars last year, Gülle said, “The biggest expectation from our export family is to make a similar breakthrough in the coming period, just as we managed to double our exports to India between 2013 and 2018. In January-February of this year, our exports to India increased by 9 percent compared to the same period last year and amounted to 173.4 million dollars. In this period, our exports to India increased by 83 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 8 million dollars in the Grain sector, The Electric and Electronic sector reached 13 million dollars with an increase of 83 percent, Fresh Fruits and Vegetable sector reached 18.4 million dollars with an increase of 71 percent. The Chemicals sector, in which we are strong in the Indian market, increased by 5.2 percent to 23.1 million dollars, and the mining sector increased by 50 percent to 20 million dollars.”