TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: DEMAND FOR OUR EXPORT GOODS IS ON THE RISE, THE BRAND OF TÜRKİYE IS BEING STRENGTHENED
İsmail Gülle, Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), stated that the textile and raw materials sector will reach its goal of 10 billion dollars this year by increasing the market diversity with the increase in demand that will be created by the strong recovery expected in Europe, “The biggest candidate to be the new focus of global supply chains, especially in the textile industry is Türkiye. While the main market of our sector is European countries, increases in African and Asian countries show that our sector is improving market diversity. Turkish products are ahead in terms of quality in many areas. Türkiye has strengthened its safe supplier identity with its production and export performance under pandemic conditions.” he said.
The Turkish exporter, who achieved a record export success in 2020, when global trade declined and the world economy shrank, reaffirmed confidence by showing its production and supplier power. Last year, when the world economy was expected to contract by 4 percent, some sectors broke historical records and showed that they can produce under any conditions. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the export family, which started the new year with a record and reached 15 billion 48 million dollars with an increase of 2.5 percent compared to the same month last year, makes to wave the Turkish flag all around the world. Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100 thousand exporters with 61 associations of exporters and 27 sectors, continues its efforts to reach its goal of Türkiye, which has a surplus of 184 billion dollars in exports and foreign trade in 2021, the first year of the new normal.
“The sector exported 7.3 billion dollars in 2020”
Giving information about the export of textiles and raw materials, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “We are already seeing the benefits of the restructuring process accelerated by the pandemic in global supply chains. In each of our sectors, we observe that the demand for our exported goods is increasing and the Turkish brand is gaining strength. Our textile and raw materials sector performed perfectly in December last year. Compared to the same month last year, our exports increased by 29 percent to 770 million dollars. Our sector increased by more than 100 percent in 27 countries compared to the same month last year with December export figures. Although the pandemic presented serious difficulties to our sector in April and May, we have entered a serious recovery in textile and raw material exports since June. Our industry closed the last quarter of the year at $2.2 billion. In 2020, our sector exported $7.3 billion despite all the negative effects of the pandemic. We have renewed the January record by starting this year with a good start in export total. Our textile and raw materials sector contributed significantly to this record with $732 million. In January, it was made $28 million exports to Belarus with the increase of 34 percent, to the United States 36 million with the increase of 33 percent, and to Germany $38 million with the increase of 15 percent.”
“Türkiye is the biggest candidate to be the new focus”
Stating that Türkiye strengthens its safe supplier identity with its production and export performance under pandemic conditions, Gülle said, “The sector will reach its goal of 10 billion dollars this year by increasing the market diversity with the increase in demand that will be created by the strong recovery expected in Europe. While the main market of our sector is European countries, increases in African and Asian countries show that our sector is improving market diversity. The biggest candidate to be the new focus of global supply chains, especially in the textile industry is Türkiye. Hopefully, together, we will exceed our target of $184 billion for 2021 and reach $200 billion per year. We will carry our country together to the goal of “Türkiye Giving Foreign Trade Surplus”.
“Positive perception has occurred in favor of our country”
Noting that it is a Türkiye focused on exports with high-tech and value-added production, Gülle continued: “The steps taken with this vision will surely increase the strength of our country in the global trade in the future. Quality, price, production capacity, and logistics are the highlights for global value chains. Turkish products are ahead in terms of quality in many areas. First, the fact that we have an advanced foreign industry with product and sector diversity in industrial production makes our country advantageous compared to many countries. Besides, the fact that we proved our flexible and fast production infrastructure to the whole world again during the pandemic process and continued to produce regardless of the conditions contributed significantly to the positive perception in favor of our country.”
“Our goal is to be among the top 5 glassware exporters in the world”
Meanwhile, speaking at the opening program of the 'Glassware Sector Digital Platform and Türkiye-Kenya Bilateral Business Meetings', Gülle said that Türkiye is among the leading countries in the glassware sector, both in terms of quality, production, and export capacity. At the same time, stating that the glassware sector has made a significant contribution to the goal of “Türkiye Giving Foreign Trade Surplus” with a foreign trade surplus of $3.7 billion reached in 2019, Gülle said, “We are one of the 10 most exporting countries in the glassware sector of the world. In the coming period, with our high quality, larger-scale production, our goal should be to be among the top 5 glassware exporters in the world. The opening of our sector to emerging markets such as Kenya and the consistent export performance in these markets is of great importance in these days of transformation in global supply chains. Our country's friendly relations with Africa make its impact in the commercial and economic field, especially in the recent period. Also, we need to aim for much higher developed relations with the region, with our bond of heart, our bilateral trade. I sincerely believe that our glassware sector will carry the image of Turkish products not only in our sector but also in the region to much higher heights with this opening to Kenya, which is among the fastest developing markets in Africa today.”