Turkey’s foreign trade deficit narrowed by almost 33% year-on-year in January, as exports surged and imports fell, official data showed Friday.
The gap fell to $3.03 billion in the month, down from $4.51 billion in January 2020, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) announced Friday.
Exports surged 2.3% on an annual basis to reach more than $15 billion last month, while imports slipped 5.9% to over $18 billion, the data showed.
The exports-to-imports coverage ratio increased to 83.2% last month, up from 76.5% in January 2020.
“Foreign trade surplus, excluding energy products and non-monetary gold, was $9 million in January 2021,” TurkStat said.
The manufacturing sector was the best performer with a 93.8% share in the total exports.
The ratio of intermediate goods in total imports was 76.3% last month, according to the data.
At $1.45 billion, Germany was the main destination for Turkey’s exports in the month, while China was the main partner for imports at $2.2 billion.
The share of high-technology products in manufacturing industries’ exports was 3% last month, remaining stable on a yearly basis, TurkStat said.
The data also showed that the country’s energy import bill dropped by 35.8% to $2.63 billion in the first month of the year compared to last year.
The decline came as the country boosted its domestic and renewable energy production.
The energy accounted for 14.45% of the overall import figure.
The country’s crude oil imports also showed a 31.71% decrease compared to January 2020.
Turkey imported approximately 1.83 million tons of crude oil last month, down from 2.68 million tons in the same month last year.
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