Sakarya’s Exports Near $3 Billion in First Half of the Year

Automotive Sector Leads as Sakarya Strengthens its Economic Contributions

Sakarya, a key player in Turkiye’s automotive export industry, achieved nearly $3 billion in exports during the first half of the year. According to data compiled by AA from the Turkish Exporters Assembly, Sakarya ranked seventh in exports, following Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Izmir, Ankara, and Gaziantep, contributing 2.7% to the national export total from January to June.

In addition to automotive exports, Sakarya bolstered its economy through exports of iron and non-ferrous metals, chemicals and chemical products, machinery and accessories, HVAC systems, and steel. The city recorded $2.98 billion in exports in the first six months, an 8.1% increase from $2.75 billion in the same period last year, reaching 143 countries and 10 free zones.

Hosting production facilities for Toyota, TurkTraktor, and Otokar, Sakarya saw its automotive sector dominate with 88% of total exports, amounting to $2.63 billion, marking an 8.4% year-on-year increase.

The second-largest export sector was iron and non-ferrous metals at $68.66 million, followed by steel at $48.13 million, chemicals and chemical products at $44.68 million, machinery and accessories at $36.40 million, and HVAC systems at $31.06 million. Among these sectors, steel exports saw the highest growth at 61.4% compared to the previous year.

France emerged as the top destination for Sakarya’s exports, with $458.25 million, a 42.3% increase from the same period last year. The United Kingdom followed with $382.70 million, then Spain with $316.99 million, Poland with $283.16 million, and Italy with $249.36 million.

Sakarya’s robust performance underscores its significant role in Turkiye’s export economy, driven by the thriving automotive sector and substantial growth in other industries.

Source: AA / Prepared by Irem Yildiz

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