Turkey’s agriculture and industry sectors both recorded the highest export figures in the country’s history during the January-July period, according to data released on Friday.
The country’s overall exports in the first seven months of this year soared 19.1% from the same period last year to $144.4 billion (TL 2.59 trillion), according to data published by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM).
During the said period, the agricultural industry achieved exports worth $18.7 billion, the highest figure recorded from January to July.
While Turkey‘s agricultural exports increased by 20.4% in the seven months compared to the same period a year earlier, they received a 13% share of total exports.
In the period January-July, grains, pulses, oilseeds and their products exports recorded $6.3 billion, exports of fruit and vegetable products recorded $1.3 billion , exports of fruits and dried products were 829.8 million dollars, exports of aquaculture and animal products were 2.4 billion dollars. and exports of furniture, paper and forest products totaled $4.7 billion.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, in the seven months of the year, exports of cereals, pulses, oilseeds and associated products recorded an increase of 31.4%, followed by fruits and vegetables with 20.9%, dried fruit products with 9.8%. , aquaculture and animal products with 32.1%, and furniture, paper and forest products with 27.3%.
The highest demand for sectors that broke export records in the agriculture group came from Iraq. The Middle Eastern country has thus maintained its leading position in Turkey’s agricultural export market.
Cereals, pulses, oilseeds and their products exports to Iraq totaled $1.3 billion, while aquaculture and animal products totaled $455.1 million, and furniture, paper and forest products at $553.2 million.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s industrial exports also hit an all-time high January-July figure of $107.7 billion.
Foreign sales of the industrial sector increased by 17.5% over the seven months of the year compared to the same period of the previous year.
The share of exports of Turkish industry in total exports was 74.6%.
The highest demand for sectors that broke export records within the industry came from Germany.
In the first half of the year, leather and leather products worth $97.9 million were sold to Germany, followed by machinery and accessories with $577.4 million, ferrous and non-ferrous metals with 1.3 billion dollars, the air conditioning industry with 405.4 million and ready-to-wear. clothing and apparel with $2.2 billion.