Turkiye: 1/3 of textile exports are to Europe

The textile and raw materials sector, which is an important source of employment in Turkiye, made $2 billion 98 million 161 thousand, which corresponds to 38.7% of its exports of $5 billion 509 million 32 thousand in 7 months of the year to European countries.

According to the information compiled from the data of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), the textile and raw materials sector exported to 196 countries in the first 7 months of the year.

Sector representatives, who put $5 billion 509 million 32 thousand in their coffers in the said period, earned the most from Europe with a 38.1% share and $2 billion 98 million 161 thousand. Europe was followed by the Former Eastern Bloc with $993 million 295 thousand and African countries with $656 million 807 thousand.

The favorite market of the sector is Italy, the country of fashion

On a country basis, the sector made its highest exports to Italy, which is called the “country of fashion”, with $469 million 598 thousand. Italy was followed by Belarus with $367 million 960 thousand, USA with $262 million 47 thousand and Spain with $239 million 905 thousand.

The sector, which obtained the highest income from fabric with $3 billion 573 million 804 thousand, brought $1 billion 310 million 101 thousand from yarn and $625 million 126 thousand from fiber.

Ahmet Fikret Kileci, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) Textile and Raw Materials Sector Board, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the textile industry, which has a deep-rooted history in Turkiye’s industrialization, has a very high weight in the country’s economy.

Emphasizing that the textile industry is one of the leading sectors, Kileci said, “Turkiye is the 5th largest textile exporter in the world and the 2nd largest textile exporter in the EU. Our sector constitutes 24% of the manufacturing industry employment in Turkiye and provides employment to 1.2 million people. A sector that has a share of 3.4% in world exports, of course, has an important place in the economy.”

Integrated facilities are a great advantage

Kileci pointed out that they believe that the earthquakes in Kahramanmaras, which caused great losses, will heal their wounds and they will work to not lose the sectoral momentum, which is always upwards.

Noting that the Turkish textile industry has integrated facilities is one of the biggest advantages, Kileci said:

“This advantage gives us advantages in terms of both price and speed. Turkiye is the number one supplier of Europe with its price-tariff advantage, production quality, efficiency, delivery time, reliability, flexibility of order quantity and proximity to the market for European countries. We will continue to do our best to carry our traditional partnership from the past even higher in the coming years. Another important issue is of course sustainability. In the coming period, the understanding of production will be built entirely on sustainability and environmental themes.”

Source: Trthaber / Prepared by Irem Yildiz

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