Turkey says exports increased to its top importers

The head of Turkey's Exporters' Assembly said on Thursday that Turkey increased its exports to its top importers in the first quarter of 2010.

Turkey says exports increased to its top importers

The head of Turkey's Exporters' Assembly (TIM) said on Thursday that Turkey increased its exports to its top importers in the first quarter of 2010.

TIM Chairman Mehmet Buyukeksi made public the export figures for March 2010 at a joint press conference with Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaras.

During the conference, Buyukeksi said that there had been a pleasing increase in Turkey's export figures in Q1.

"Especially the increase in our big markets is encouraging. There has been a rise in exports to 27 countries in our top-30 importers list," Buyukeksi said.

TIM chairman said there had been a significant rise in exports to Europe, neighboring countries and far markets.

He said Turkey's exports to Germany rose by 15 percent, to Italy by 35 percent, to Britain by 37 percent, to Spain by 49 percent, to Romania by 28 percent, to Switzerland by 40 percent, to Russia by 21 percent, to Iran by 30 percent, to Syria by 27 percent, to Singapore by 476 percent, to USA by 16 percent and to China by 116 percent in Q1.

Pointing to exports figures' direct effect on growth and employment, Buyukeksi said growth rate and employment opportunities increased parallel to the rise in exports.

"We will see remarkable improvements once figures for the first quarter of 2010 are made public," he said.

According to TIM, Turkey's exports in March recorded a 34.34% year-on-year rise and reached 9,569,397,000 USD.

Turkey's Q1 exports reached 25,686,032,000 USD with a 22.36% quarter-on-quarter rise, while the exports in the last 12 months fell 13.21% down to 101,777,088,000 USD.


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