$10 billion exports were not halted via Egyptian routes: Hurriyet
By Mohammed Elsabagh

Turkey, which shifted its export routes from Syria to Egypt last year, continues to use Egypt routes, Hurriyet Turkish Newspaper reported.

Turkish goods have continued to be delivered to the Gulf countries through Egypt without interruption even after ousting President Mohammed Morsi. Turkish exports to Gulf countries worth $10 billion Turkish Lira were not halted and continue via Egyptian routes, according to the Turkish newspaper.

Hurriyet added; The Middle Eastern and Gulf countries became one of the most important markets for Turkey’s exports, particularly after economic crisis hit the European Union. Turkish good deliveries by cargo trucks, which started to be made via Egypt due to Syrian unrest, continue to arrive to Gulf countries, Ekonomist, a Turkish magazine, reported.

The new trade route that was opened during the rule of ousted president and the Muslim Brotherhood is still using Turkish cargo trucks under the new rule.

After former President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Egypt in June 2012, new opportunities opened for Turkish exporters. According to the plan, Turkish cargo trucks that departed from İskenderun and Mersin by RO-RO services arrived first at Port Said in Egypt and would then be transported to the Red Sea, accompanied by military convoy. The cargo trucks crossed into Saudi Arabia from the Red Sea and then onto the Gulf countries. This new route raised the cost by 40 percent when compared to the Syrian route. The delivery duration also rose to 25 days from 12 days. Despite these, the new route opened the door of Africa to Turkey.

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