Jewelry exports hit $378 mln
Turkey’s jewelry exports climbed by 37 percent on an annual basis to $378 million in November, according to data from the Jewelry Exporters’ Association.
The industry’s shipments to foreign markets peaked in August, totaling $566 million. The second highest export figure in 2019 was recorded in July with $508 million.
Jewelry sales to Middle Eastern countries soared 110 percent in the month to hit $148 million while exports to the European Union increased by a strong 36 percent on an annual basis to $92 million.
Local companies shipped $32.7 million worth of jewelry to the North American countries, pointing to a 1 percent decline.
The association also reported a 48 percent increase in exports to North Africa to $25.2 million.
On a country basis, the largest export market was the United Arab Emirates which increased its purchases from local jewelry companies by 295 percent to $94.7 million.
The U.K. ranked second with $37 million. Exports to this country soared 768 percent.
The U.S. was the third-largest export market even though shipments to this country declined 3 percent on an annual basis to $30.3 million.
Data from the association also showed that shipments to Qatar jumped 580 percent to $19.8 million while exports to Libya increased 168 percent to $21.2 million.
The country’s jewelry exports amounted to $3.8 billion in the first 11 months of the year.