Saffet Kalyoncu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association, said in a written statement that there was an increase of 17 percent in the region’s exports compared to the previous year.

Kalyoncu stated that in the January-May period of the year, 511 million 774 thousand 351 dollars were exported from Trabzon, 86 million 426 thousand 409 dollars from Rize, 28 million 861 thousand 419 dollars from Artvin, and 17 million 501 thousand 688 dollars from Gümüşhane. He emphasized that there was an increase of 29 percent in exports and 11 percent in exports from Artvin.

Kalyoncu noted that Rize exports decreased by 10 percent and Gümüşhane exports by 48 percent due to the decrease in exports of mining products.

Pointing out that hazelnut is at the top of the sectors to which the region is exported the most in 5 months of the year, with 283 million 645 thousand 661 dollars, Kalyoncu stated that this is followed by fresh fruits and vegetables, aquaculture and livestock products, mines and metals, and chemical materials and products.

Pointing out that exports are made to 127 countries from the Eastern Black Sea region, Kalyoncu said that the top 5 exporting countries are Russian Federation, Italy, Germany, Georgia and People’s Republic of China. stated that more exports were made to the country.

Emphasizing that the appointment of Ömer Bolat as the Minister of Trade in the newly established Presidential Cabinet is an important source of morale for the export community, Kalyoncu said:

“A significant leap is expected in our exports with the return to rational policies that will give confidence and support to the real sector, especially the economy, under the leadership of our very valuable and well-equipped ministers in the newly established cabinet. On this occasion, we wish success to all cabinet members, especially our President, in their new duties. Our top priority is facilitating exporters’ access to finance, and promptly implementing policies that will enable exporters to compete in highly increased export costs.

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