Foreign Trade News from Turkey

May/31/2016 Turkish Cargo was chosen the “Logistics Project of the Year” with its COMIS project in “Annual Success in Logistics Awards,”

05.31.2016 Turkish Airlines —Turkish Airlines has been awarded “Airline of The Year”  Turkish Cargo won “Cargo Airline of the Year” award, Turkish Technic won  “MRO Company of  the Year” award and Istanbul Ataturk Airport, operated by TAV Airports, won “Airport of the Year” awards  in 2016 Air Transport News Awards.As the only international prizes that award all the main categories of the air transport industry, 2016 Air Transport News Awards Ceremony took place in Mozart Residence, Salzburg. Turkish Airlines and its sub-brands were again among the winners. Turkish Airlines has been awarded “Airline of The Year”. Turkish Cargo won “Cargo Airline of the Year” award and Turkish Technic won “MRO Company of the Year” award in 2016 Air Transport News Awards.


Operated by TAV Airports, Istanbul Ataturk Airport won the “Airport of the Year” award  in 2016 Air Transport News Awardsİlker Ayci, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Comittee Turkish Airlines stated as follow for the “Airline of the Year Award”: “As the Turkish Airlines network grows every day by offering more and more services, the  satisfaction of our guests is still our first priority. We have succeed a significant rise by increasing the number of our passengers from 10.3 million (in 2002) to nearly 62 million last year. With total 284 flight destinations to 113 countries, we became the airline that flies to the most countries in the world. In 2016, we anticipate carrying 72 million passengers. Our fleet has reached 304 today; one of the youngest fleets in Europe. We’ll continue to grow by purchasing new airplanes and by adding new destinations to our global flight network. Turkish Airlines has been awarded the Best Airline Europe by Skytrax five years in a row. In 2023, we aim to increase our number of passengers from nearly 60 million to 120 million, and our number of aircrafts from 300 to more than 500. With the completion of the new airport in Istanbul,Turkish Airlines will achieve a much different momentum.

İlker Ayci, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Comittee Turkish Airlines stated as follow for the “Cargo Airline of the Year Award”: “Turkish Cargo as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, utilizing its flight network and fleet along with its own freighters, has become  one of the fastest growing players in the global air cargo industry. Turkish Cargo achieved 18% yearly average growth over the past decade. Turkish Cargo increased its cargo and mail volume to  720.000 tons in 2015 and aims to be in “The League of Millions” in terms of cargo carried. With the existing fleet structure, cargo services to 61 cargo destinations are on offer besides 284 destinations with passengers aircraft. Today, Turkish Cargo carries cargo and mails to more countries than any other airline and has the widest international network. Turkish Cargo continues its investments without deceleration like the new cargo terminal in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Turkish Cargo will have 150,000 m2 enclosed area in the new airport in Istanbul. Turkish Cargo is strongly committed to increase service quality day by day and to promote Istanbul to become a global logistics centre.”

TAV Airports President and CEO Sani Şener remarked: “Customer satisfaction lays at the core of all our operations since the establishment of TAV. We closely follow the needs and demands of our passengers and provide solutions accordingly. The products and services that we innovate are employed at 70 airports in 17 countries. Istanbul Atatürk Airport was the third busiest airport of Europe surpassing London and Paris by providing services to 61.3 million passengers last year. During this process there have been comprehensive developments at Istanbul Ataturk in order to provide an enhanced passenger experience. We have renovated and redesigned the duty-free and F&B spaces as to comply with the passenger flow at the terminals. Biometric passport control was introduced. Our accessibility program was selected as a best-practice at the UN. Consequently, we have been awarded the ASQ award for the airport with the most increase in service quality, a direct appreciation of our passengers. As soon as the additional facility, which is about to be completed at the international terminal, opens into service, Ataturk Airport will be ready to serve around 75-80 million passengers annually. We thanks all our stakeholders, especially the General Directorate of State Airports Authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Turkish Airlines and all our employees who contributed to this success.” “On behalf of Turkish Technic, I am honoured to receive such an iconic award, “MRO Company of the Year” from a jury of distinguished experts in the aviation industry. This award records that Turkish Technic is the worlds new rising brand of MRO business.”  said Ahmet Karaman, CEO of Turkish Airlines Technic.

“I am pleased and honoured by the fact that that Air Transport News Awards have become one of the most important awards in the air transport industry and this year were hosted in this exceptional place. These awards present the commitment of Air Transport News to recognize the achievements of the best companies, leaders and practices in the air transportation. I would like to thank Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg that kindly offered the venue, UATP for the partnership, the jury of experts and our readers” stated Dr Kostas Iatrou, Managing Director of Air Transport News.

The Chairperson of the jury for ATN Awards 2016 was Jeff Poole, Director General, CANSO. The other members of the jury were Bob Aaronson, ex Director General, ACI, Raymond Benjamin, ex Secretary General, ICAO , Dr. Pierre Coutu, Program Executive, AMPAP, Ralph Kaiser, CEO, UATP, Simon McNamara, Director General, ERA and Dr. Charles E. Schlumberger, Lead Air Transport Specialist, World Bank.


Exports increased by 2.3% while imports decreased by 5.2% in March 2016

Turkish Statistical Institute — According to the provisional data, produced with the cooperation of the Turkish Statistical Institute and the Ministry of Customs and Trade, in March 2016; exports were 12 billion 811 million dollars with a 2.3% increase and imports were 17 billion 758 million dollars with a 5.2% decrease compared with March 2015.In the same month, foreign trade deficit decreased by 20.3% from 6 billion 205 million dollars to 4 billion   946 million dollars.In March 2016, exports coverage imports was 72.1%, while it was 66.9% in March 2015.Seasonally and calendar adjusted exports decreased by 3.5%…Seasonally and calendar adjusted exports decreased by 3.5% and imports decreased by 0.6%, compared with previous month.

Calendar adjusted exports decreased by 0.3%, imports decreased by 8.5% compared with March 2015.

Exports to the European Union (EU-28) increased by 18.1%…

As compared with the same month of the previous year, exports to the EU-28 increased by 18.1% from   5 billion 331 million dollars to 6 billion 295 million dollars. The proportion of the EU countries was 49.1% in March 2016, while it was 42.6% in March 2015.

The main partner for exports was the United Kingdom…

In March 2016, the main partner country for exports was the United Kingdom with 1 billion 386 million dollars. The United Kingdom was followed by Germany (1 billion 219 million dollars), Iraq (652 million dollars) and Italy (609 million dollars).

The top country for imports was China…

In March 2016, the top country for Turkey’s imports was China (2 billion 273 million dollars), records for imports range from Germany (2 billion 22 million dollars), Russia (1 billion 395 million dollars)  and  the USA (1 billion 8 million dollars).

Ratio of exports of high-tech products in manufacturing industries was 3.9%…

Foreign trade by technology intensity covers the manufacturing industries’ products in classification of ISIC Rev.3. According to the ISIC Rev.3, the ratio of manufacturing industries products in total exports was 94.6% in March. The ratio of high-technology products in manufacturing industries was 3.9%. The ratio of medium-high-technology products in manufacturing industries’ products was 32%.

Ratio of imports of high-tech products in manufacturing industries was 17.3%…

The ratio of manufacturing industries’ products in total imports was 84.5%. The ratio of high-technology products in manufacturing industries’ products was 17.3% in March 2016. The ratio of medium-high-technology products in manufacturing industries’ products was 46.7%.



Today is International Womens Day and we celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th of all women in Turkey and the world.

Today is International Women\'s Day! 

We celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th

On this day it is important to remember that women\'s rights are human rights.




Karaca celebrates the World Customs Day, Jan 26 and hopes that working conditions,challenges that customs officers and agencies face in their jobs in 2015 will be better than ever.

About International Customs Day


Instituted by the World Customs Organization (WCO), International Customs Day is held on January 26, which commemorates the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium. Seventeen European countries attended this session. In 1994 the CCC was renamed World Customs Organization (WCO) and today custom organizations from 179 countries are WCO members.

Annually held on January 26, International Customs Day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers and agancies face in their jobs. 


Karaca Customs Consultancy