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Turkish exporters lock on $211 billion year-end sales target



Turkish exporters have locked onto the country’s new export target of $211 billion for 2021, as announced earlier this month in the nation’s three-year economic program. Ismail Gülle, the head of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM), said Tuesday the country is on track to achieve the year-end goal after exports rose 37% year-on-year during the first eight months of 2021 to $140 billion. The eight-month figure was up 20% from the same period of 2019 before the pandemic. Imports reached $170 billion, rising 25.5% from a year ago. After exceeding the threshold of $200 billion for the first time ever in July, the country’s 12-month rolling exports reached $207.5 billion last month. In case it achieves the year-end target, Turkey will be far exceeding the earlier official target of $184 billion as well as the $198 billion target set for 2022. Gülle said within five years Turkey could step up efforts to reach an annual level of $300 billion, according to a news release by the assembly. Despite the worldwide havoc due to the pandemic, he said sales totaled $169.6 billion in 2020, beating the target.


Exports were down 6.26% in 2020, while imports rose 4.3% to $219.4 billion. The foreign trade gap widened by 69.12% to $49.9 billion. Stressing that all Turkish sectors have scored significant achievements over the last two decades, Gülle explained: “Our production facilities have been modernized, our teams have become specialized, our capacities have sharpened, and we have become a hub for quality products.” “Now is the time to boost the added value of our exports,” he added. Turkey’s exports target is $230.9 billion for 2022 and grows to $255 billion by 2024, according to the government’s medium-term program, announced a week ago.