Turkish exports hit $16.34B in October, trade minister says

Published 02.11.2019 15:40
Updated 20.12.2019 01:23
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Turkey’s exports amounted to $16.336 billion in October according to the general trade system, the country’s trade minister said Saturday.

The exports totaled $148.84 billion in 2019, rising 2.1% in the first 10-month period of 2019, Ruhsar Pekcan told reporters in the western Denizli province.

In the first 10 months of 2019, the imports have reached $172.71 billion, Pekcan said, adding that Turkey's import rate decreased by 13.2% in the same period.

"These figures and positive performance in exports continue to reassure us, our economy and our exporters,” Pekcan added.

Turkey's imports increased by 10.8% in October, reaching $18.179 billion, the minister said.

"Turkey's foreign trade deficit decreased by 55.6% [in the 10-month period], totaling $23.22 billion," she said.

The top destination for Turkish goods last month was Germany with $1.4 million, followed by the U.K. with $982 million and Iraq with $978 million.

The biggest source of Turkish imports was Russia with goods worth $1.8 billion. Russia was followed by China with $1.7 billion and Germany with $1.6 billion.

To calculate foreign trade data, two different methods are used – the special trade system and the general trade system.

Calculations based on the special trade system do not include free zones or customs warehouses. The general trade system is a wider concept, including customs warehouses, all types of free zones, free circulation areas and premises for inward processing.

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