Turkey's energy import bill increased by 20.8% to $3.30 billion in March this year compared to the same month last year, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute on Friday.
The overall energy import bill soared last month due to an increase in the country's industrial production.
The data shows that Turkey's overall import bill, including energy and other items, totaled $23.63 billion in March, with energy accounting for 13.9% of the overall import figures.
The country's crude oil imports, however, showed a 10.69% decrease compared to March 2020.
Turkey imported approximately 2.39 million tons of crude oil last month, down from 2.68 million tons in March 2020.
By Gokce Kucuk Topbas