World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's exports to China, which is one of the biggest importers of the world, rose 39% in the first half of 2013 over the same period a year ago to reach $1.8 billion
According to data provided by Turkey's statistics authority, TurkStat, Turkey's exports to China was $2.8 billion by 2012 year-end and they rapidly increased in the period of January-June 2013.
In the same period, foreign trade volume between the two countries rose 18.7% to total $13.8 billion.
Metal ore top export item to China
Turkey's exports of metal ore, clinker and cinder rose 92% at the period of January-June 2013 over the same period a year ago and they reached $749.9 million.
In the same period, Turkey's salt, sulphur, soil and stones, lime and cement export to China rose 32% from $367.4 million to $484.7 million.
Moreover, Turkey's cotton exports to China surged thrice in the period of January-July 2013 to stand at $44.5 million from $12.7 million in the first half of 2012.
Turkey's import from China rose 20.4% in July 2013 compared to the same month a year ago to reach $2 billion, making China the top seller of imported goods in Turkey.