Turk­ish goods but not Turkey star at 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia

With World Cup fever rapidly ap­proach­ing and mil­lions of tourists ex­pected to make their way to Rus­sia, Turkey is ex­pected to see a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in de­mand for its prod­ucts ex­ported to the coun­try

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

WITH less than a month un­til the first whis­tle blows for the 2018 World Cup and Turkey will keenly take its place at the gi­ant event, as de­mand for Turk­ish prod­ucts im­ported by Rus­sia is ex­pected to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly. Within the scope of the mega event, Turkey is al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or­der mo­bil­ity in sec­tors such as fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles, fish­ery prod­ucts, tex­tiles and ap­parel. In a state­ment to Anadolu Agency (AA) Aegean Fresh Fruits and Veg­eta­bles Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­man Hayret­tin Uçak said Rus­sia is one of the most im­por­tant mar­kets for Turkey’s fresh pro­duce ex­ports.

POINT­ING out that Rus­sia gets al­most all its prod­ucts from Turkey, Uçak said that the in­crease in sum­mer fruit ex­ports has been note­wor­thy in the re­cent pe­riod fol­low­ing im­proved re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Uçak said the World Cup, which will be or­ga­nized in 11 Rus­sian cities from June 14 to July 15, is ex­pected to at­tract mil­lions of vis­i­tors to Rus­sia.

“This or­ga­ni­za­tion held in our big­gest mar­ket, Rus­sia, will con­trib­ute greatly to Turk­ish ex­porters, man­u­fac­tur­ers and fi­nally the Turk­ish econ­omy,” he said. “We are hear­ing from our col­leagues in the sec­tor that de­mands are al­ready com­ing. This de­mand will in­crease as the or­ga­ni­za­tion date ap­proaches. We are pre­pared as the en­tire sec­tor.”

Turk­ish Fish­ery and An­i­mal Prod­ucts Sec­tor Board Chair­man Si­nan Kızıl­tan also pointed to a pos­i­tive im­pact that the World Cup will have on their ex­port of fish­ery prod­ucts.

He pointed out that the sec­tor pre­vi­ously achieved sig­nif­i­cant ex­port suc­cess with the Olympics in the past.

“Ho­tels and restau­rants are mak­ing their prepa­ra­tions in ac­cor­dance with the eat­ing habits of these tourists. From Turkey, one of the world’s lead­ing ex­porters of fish­ery prod­ucts, es­pe­cially perch, bream and trout will go to this or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Kızıl­tan said.

EX­PORTS TO RUS­SIA UP 63 PER­CENT

Turkey’s ex­ports to Rus­sia stood at $1.098 bil­lion in the Jan­u­ary-April pe­riod of this year, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Eastern Black Sea Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (DKİB) yes­ter­day.

The DKİB said around 868,000 tons of prod­ucts were ex­ported to Rus­sia in the first four months of the year.

When look­ing at the same pe­riod last year, Turkey ex­ported around 612,084 tons to Rus­sia and saw a rev­enue of around $673.44 mil­lion.Thus, ex­ports to the coun­try in­creased by 42 per­cent on a quan­tity ba­sis, while they in­creased by 63 per­cent on a value ba­sis.

The fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles sec­tor led the way in ex­ports to Rus­sia with around $202.184 mil­lion. That is an in­crease of 91 per­cent on a quan­tity ba­sis from last year, while there was an in­crease of 125 per­cent on a value ba­sis.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the data, DKİB Chair­man Saf­fet Ka­ly­oncu said Rus­sia is the most im­por­tant mar­ket for the fresh pro­duce sec­tor.

On a year-to-year ba­sis, Turkey’s ex- ports to Rus­sia stood at $938 mil­lion in 2014, $877 mil­lion in 2015, $331 mil­lion in 2016 and $638 mil­lion in 2017.

Ka­ly­oncu added that there was an in­crease of 125 per­cent in the ex­ports of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles to Rus­sia in the Jan­u­ary-April pe­riod, which he said oc­curred with the lift­ing of the re­stric­tions on fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles.

“This sec­tor is fol­lowed by ve­hi­cles and sub-in­dus­try and chem­i­cals and chem­i­cal prod­ucts,” he con­tin­ued. “With the removal of the re­stric­tions on tomato prod­ucts and the con­tin­u­a­tion of free trade, ex­ports will reach higher fig­ures in the up­com­ing pe­riod.”

Flags fea­tur­ing the logo of the FIFA World Cup 2018 are seen out­side Ros­tov Arena in the south­ern Rus­sian city of Ros­tov-on-Don, May 13.

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