Turkey: Exporters' eyes set on $182B target for 2019

Turkey's foreign trade balance ran deficit of $55 billion in 2018, significant improvement over $76.8 billion in 2017

Turkey: Exporters' eyes set on $182B target for 2019

By Tuba Sahin


Turkey eyes to achieve a $182 billion target in foreign sales in 2019 by devising new projects and strategies, said the head of a union of Turkish exporters on Tuesday.

"We aim a Turkey that runs foreign trade surplus," Ismail Gulle, the chairman of the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM), told an event in Istanbul.

Turkey's foreign trade balance posted a deficit of $55 billion last year, marking a significant improvement compared with $76.8 billion in 2017, according to the preliminary data from the Trade Ministry.

"Innovation and sustainability in exports will be our main guide this year," Gulle said.

Turkey's exports hit an all-time high with $168.1 billion in 2018.

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