Antalya Commodity Exchange Chairman Ali Çandır said that Antalya province has a performance above Turkey’s average in terms of foreign trade.
Çandır said, “According to the data of Turkish Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT) Antalya’s exports has surpassed its imports by 166 percent in the first nine months of this year, while Turkey’s exports meet the imports by 75 percent.”
“In agricultural foreign trade, Antalya province has developed even further. Turkey’s crop and livestock exports meets 57 percent of its imports. Antalya has exceeded 800 percent within this context,” Çandır noted.
“That means if we are making an agricultural import of 100 dollars, we have made an agricultural export of 800 dollars in Antalya. I would like to thank all our members who contribute to and produce agricultural exports,” Çandır added.
Emphasizing that they should compete with other countries in foreign trade, Çandır concluded, “We must compete with other countries in foreign trade. But we mostly do this with our neighbours. We are trying to export by lowering the price. This both reduces profitability and causes us to market the values of our country to other countries more cheaply.”