Turkey’s exports rose 12.2 percent in May
Turkey’s exports soared 12.2 percent to reach $13.96 billion in May, compared to the same month last year, the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM) announced on June 1.
On a quantity basis, the country’s exports showed an increase of 3.8 percent to reach 10.5 million tons year-on-year in the month, TİM data said.
TİM stressed that the country’s 12-month exports also jumped 10.2 percent year-on-year to $161.7 billion.
Turkey made $69 billion in exports during the first five months of 2018, up 9.3 percent over the same period last year, according to TİM.
Turkey’s exports were $13.9 billion in April and $157.02 billion in 2017, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).
The official statistics body said on May 31 that foreign trade balance showed a $27.4 billion deficit from January to April, a yearly increase of 56.2 percent. In April, the foreign trade gap was $6.7 billion, with a 35.6 percent yearly increase.
Nearly 20 percent of Turkey’s exports this May came from the automotive sector with nearly $2.8 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to May 2017, the TİM data showed.
Auto sector exports were followed by the clothing ($1.49 billion) and chemical products ($1.46 billion) sectors, it stressed.
Turkey’s exports to Germany, Britain and Italy, Turkey’s top trading partners, rose 9.76 percent, 12.51 percent and 23.32 percent, respectively, year-on-year in May, according to the data.
The data also showed the country’s exports to its main export destination EU was $7.2 billion in the month.
Istanbul was the Turkish city that exported the most in May with $6.15 billion, followed by prominent industrial centers Kocaeli and Bursa with ($1.17 billion), it stressed.
Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said the country’s exports would climb over $170 billion by the end of 2018.
“We take steps to abolish the current deficit problem with our investments and exports,” he added.