Message of the Chairperson

According to ‘Turkey Statistical Institute (TSI)’s tentative data, 61% of our foreign trade was done by sea in 2018. This rate was 58% for 2017.

The total value of our foreign trade was 391 billion USD for both years. Turkish Ports have a share in forming the 238 billion USD of this amount. 62.50% of our 168 billion USD exports, that is 105 billion USD, were handled in our ports and delivered to foreign markets.

You can see the value based distribution of our foreign trade according to transportation modes for years 2017 and 2018 in the table below.

Billion US$ 2017 2018
Export 157 168
Maritime 91 105
Road 46 47
Air 17 14
Rail 1 1
Other 2 1
Imports 234 223
Maritime 137 133
Road 38 35
Air 34 29
Rail 1 1
Other 24 25
Total Foreign Trade 391 391

Another important contribution of the ports is the investment and services provided to the Cruise Terminals in order to achieve our tourism revenues besides foreign trade.

The above data clearly show our ports’ contribution to the national economy. Since maritime transport, which is the cheapest mode of transportation, will continue to be of increasing importance from now on, our ports should be expected to make the investments that will support these developments in a planned manner and own the necessary equipment. The investment costs of coastal structures, which have to be built under compelling natural and ground conditions, are high and the repayment periods of the investments are long. We hope that regulating organizations will develop a new perspective with a holistic approach which will take into account the role and contribution of ports to the economy when approaching port related issues. The approach which excluded ports from coastal facilities during the preparation and implementation of the Regulation on Guidance and Tugboat Services, which came into effect after being published on 31.12.2018, has caused disappointment in our sector.

Türklim, a competent organization representing the ports which form the cornerstone of Turkish domestic and foreign trade and marine tourism, continues to work in a conscious and determined manner to support our public institutions, our sector and, of course, the growth of our foreign trade.