Istanbul carries out over half of Turkey’s foreign trade mars 2, 2009Posted by Acturca in Economie, Istanbul, Turquie.
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Today’s Zaman (Turkey)
02 March 2009, Monday, Ankara
İstanbul, Turkey’s "Big Apple" with its vast population, its major contributions to gross domestic product (GDP) and its unbeatable position as the center of the national economy, strengthened its leading position in 2008, as indicated by the latest foreign trade figures.
The province accounted for 55.4 percent of the country’s total exports, totaling $73.2 billion, and 55.1 percent of its imports, some $111.2 billion.
According to figures disclosed by the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat (DTM), 13 of Turkey’s 81 provinces managed to reach over $1 billion in exports last year, while only 12 provinces imported more than $1 billion worth of goods in 2008.
The top 13 provinces in terms of exports were responsible for 91.1 percent of total exports, and the top 12 importers accounted for 95 percent of total annual imports.
The top 13 provinces that logged the most exports in 2008 were İstanbul, Bursa, Kocaeli, İzmir, Ankara, Gaziantep, Sakarya, Denizli, Hatay, Adana, Kayseri, Manisa and İçel. Bursa exporters earned $11.1 billion from their sales abroad, while businessmen in Kocaeli, the center of Turkey’s industrial production, brought $8.32 billion to the province from their sales to overseas customers. İzmir’s exports amounted to $7.78 billion and Ankara’s to $5.34 billion. Gaziantep, a rising economic powerhouse in southeastern Anatolia, earned $3.25 billion from its exports, and Sakarya, a province in the Marmara region hosting a considerable number of industrial establishments, made $2.9 billion from its exports. Denizli’s earnings from the sales abroad reached $2.2 billion, Hatay $1.74 billion and Adana $1.28 billion.
In terms of imports, İstanbul, which spent $111.2 billion on foreign goods, was followed by Kocaeli ($25.4 billion). The other top provinces were Ankara ($23.1 billion), Bursa ($8.7 billion), İzmir ($8.2 billion), Hatay ($3.3 billion), Gaziantep ($2.7 billion), Zonguldak ($2.2 billion), Adana ($2.15 billion) and Sakarya ($1.7 billion). Denizli and Kayseri rounded out the list of provinces that spent more than $1 billion on imports.