Hurriyet - Turkish exporters, who have exported USD 1 trillion worth of goods and services to 242 countries and regions in the last decade, are looking to triple the amount to USD 3 trillion over the next decade.
“Despite global uncertainties, Turkey is on the right track. We have doubled our exports in the last decade..”, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the 20th Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) meeting held in Istanbul, where he honored the top exporters of 2012. “Turkey has put ahead an export target of USD 158 billion for 2013. This figure should be revised up to USD 160 billion..”, the Prime Minister said, adding that Turkish exporters had the potential to reach that goal.
Turkey exported USD 12.7 billion worth of goods in May, up 8.6 percent over the same month of the previous year. The automotive industry took the lead last month, followed by chemicals and textiles/ready-wear industries, respectively, according to TIM President Mehmet Buyukeksi. Germany, Iraq and Britain were Turkey’s top export markets in May.
Turkey’s exports reached a record level last year of USD 152 billion, 12.6 percent more than that of 2011. The country aims to reach USD 500 billion exports by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.