We Are on a Good Way to the $100 Billion Target
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of more than 100,000 exporters with 61 Exporters Associations and 27 sectors, held Commercial Diplomacy Activities in the United States under the coordination of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye in line with the goal of a trading volume of $100 billion between Türkiye and the United States. The visit program, attended by senior officials, members of parliament, and business people from Türkiye, is expected to contribute positively to the commercial relations between Türkiye and the USA.
Commenting on the Turkish delegation's Trade Diplomacy Activities in the United States, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “In 2021, our export to the United States increased by 44 percent. Our trade volume increased by 29 percent to $28 billion. It was agreed that Türkiye would be the main trade center. Like the whole world, the U.S. understood this very well. We are on a good way to achieving our goal of $100 billion in trade volume with the United States. Our common language is trade. As the trade develops, politics will develop as well.”
With the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce and the intensive participation of the leading exporters of their sectors, Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of more than 100,000 exporters made a fast start to 2022 by organizing trade delegations to Dubai, Tel Aviv and finally Barcelona, held Trade Diplomacy Activities in the United States under the coordination of the Presidency of Communication.
To the delegation, which was chaired by The Chairman of the Turkish Parliament's Commission on Industry, Trade, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology, AK Party Konya MP Ziya Altunyaldız, which was organized within the framework of the $100 billion trade target with the United States, the head of the Presidential Investment Office Burak Dağlıoğlu, Vice President of Presidential Communications Çağatay Özdemir, TOBB Vice-Chairman Ayhan Zeytinoğlu, and on behalf of TİM, Deputy Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly Başaran Bayrak, TİM Brand Council Vice President Süleyman Orakçıoğlu and many business people attended.
Commenting on the “Panel Series and Trade Diplomacy Activities for Increasing Türkiye's Role in Transatlantic Exports” project, which was implemented in coordination with the Turkish Presidency of Communication and the Turkish Exporters Assembly, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “Our delegation held productive meetings with US bureaucrats and economic officials. We have stated to them that the political problems between Türkiye and the United States should be resolved sincerely between governments. In addition, we stated that anti-dumping practices applied to iron and steel and taxes applied in steel and aluminum negatively affected our mutual trade.”
“Indicators go forward in trade between Türkiye and the United States”
Stating that the trade volume with the United States increased by 29 percent to a record level of $28 billion at the end of 2021, “TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “We agreed with the US side that the share of our food sector in Türkiye's trade with the United States is very low and that much more needs to be done in this regard. The US Secretary of Commerce will be in Türkiye soon. Many mutual protocols are expected to be signed on this issue.”
“We stated that Türkiye is an important center in energy as well”
Saying that Türkiye has proposals to act together on its geopolitical position and trade experiences to Africa, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “In the meantime, we stated that Türkiye is preparing for the carbonization program by signing the Paris Climate Agreement and that environmentally friendly production programs will take action in Türkiye soon. We conveyed that Türkiye is also an important country in terms of energy, especially with the TANAP project, Azerbaijani gas can easily pass through Türkiye to Europe. We stated that Türkiye is an important hub and center in energy.”
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle stated that it was understood that Türkiye was a good supplier country during the pandemic and that it was agreed that producing at one point would cause problems in the supply chain and that Türkiye would be a good hub. Türkiye is a country that responds to demands very quickly and has good production potential.”
“We have submitted our requests for US companies which will be leaving Russia to change their routes to Türkiye”
Stating that they said that Türkiye is the most suitable place for companies which will be leaving these countries due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “We have submitted our requests for US companies coming out of Russia to turn their routes to Türkiye, and we have invited them to Türkiye. They took note it. We conveyed our common views to held a meeting with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye, the Turkish Exporters Assembly, and the U.S. chambers of commerce, in the coming days, and to sign of an MOU.”
“As the trade develops, politics will develop as well”
Noting that Türkiye increased its export by 30 percent during the pandemic period, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, "With the joint agreement of our President and the President of the United States, the goal of reaching 100 billion dollars in trade volume between Türkiye and the United States was determined. Our trade volume with the U.S. is increasing, as the figures show. This upward momentum continues in 2022. We have stated to the US officials and business people that we want to expand our exports to other states like Texas, Washington, and Louisiana, where our exports are intense. The effectiveness of Turkish brands in the world is increasing. Turkish brands have over 4000 stores all over the world and we exist in every geography. We have experience in the USA, Central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East. We have also learned to fight global competition. We strongly stated that they can be partners in this development of Turkish brands and can invest.”
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “It was a busy program. Our delegation held intensive discussions with US officials and business people. I think these meetings are generally productive but should not be left at once, especially sectoral trade delegations should be held more. We believe that we have broken prejudices through these meetings. Our common language is trade. As the trade develops, politics will develop as well. We are ready to do our part in this matter.”
Turkish Exporters Assembly Deputy Chairman Başaran Bayrak: We emphasized that a joint STA should be signed
Commenting on their visit to the United States, Başaran Bayrak, deputy speaker of Turkish Exporters Assembly, said, “We have stated to the U.S. side that trade between Türkiye and the United States has been negatively affected by the protectionist laws in their countries. We are having serious problems, especially in matters such as ship trade. It is in the interest of both countries to properly amend the protectionism laws in the United States to improve our trade. We visited the Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Central Bank Representative Mr. Mustafa Ayçan also attended this meeting and discussed improving cooperation opportunities, benefiting from the mutual experience, and doing joint business in third countries. We agreed to sign a mutual MOU goodwill protocol in the following days.”
Stating that the issue of energy was also discussed during their visit, Başaran Bayrak, deputy chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly, said, “It was discussed that Türkiye can cooperate with Israel on many issues, especially natural gas, and that energy can reach the western market more easily through Türkiye. It was mentioned that Türkiye is an energy hub and that cooperation opportunities with third countries in the Middle East are improved. To achieve the $100 billion trade goal between the two countries, we conveyed that the restrictions should be lifted, especially that the conveniences provided to NAFTA countries hinder Türkiye and that the STA's by the United States with other countries negatively affected us. We emphasized that a joint STA should be signed.”
Mr. Süleyman Orakçıoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the Brand Council of Turkish Exporters Assembly: We should look at opportunities, not problems
Stating that the visit of the Turkish delegation was very productive and that very good dialogues started between the two sides, Süleyman Orakçıoğlu, acting chairman of the TİM Brand Council, said, “We see this visit as a positive start. We held numerous meetings in four days. The approaches were positive. We agreed that a lot will be done together, especially regarding the development of trade diplomacy.”
“Of course, there was heavy meeting traffic. The purpose of our meetings was to improve trade diplomacy. We have held various discussions with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Then we had a roundtable discussion on the $100 billion target with the Atlantic Council, which is a very important Think-Tank organization. There are problems between the two countries, but besides the problems, there are many more opportunities. We forget opportunities because of these problems. We need to focus on opportunities. The indicators abstractly reveal this. Our export to the U.S. increased by 44.1 percent in 2021. Currently, the United States is second only to Germany in Türkiye's export rankings. Türkiye has become a hub in everything. With experienced manpower, we have all kinds of infrastructure to be the administrative center of the United States in this geography. Their use of this infrastructure could be of great benefit to both sides.”