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CAHİT DOĞAN YAĞCI: OUR ASSOCIATION MAKES 55 PERCENT OF TURKEY’S NON-WOOD FORESTRY PRODUCTS EXPORTS

Press release…

Furniture, paper and forestry products exports reached 385 million dollars

The exports of our Aegean Furniture, Paper and Forest Products Exporters’ Association in the period of January-June 2021 rose by 20 percent to 385 million dollars.

Cahit Doğan Yağcı, Chairperson of the Aegean Furniture, Paper and Forestry Products Exporters’ Association, said that in the first half of 2021, they exported 202 million dollars of paper and products, 105 million dollars of furniture with an increase of 42 percent, 55 million dollars of non-wood forestry products with an increase of 15 percent and wood products of 23 million dollars.

Yağcı said, “The top 5 export products in non-wood forestry products are respectively; Oregano, which we produce about 70 percent of the world production with 27 million dollars, bay leaf with which we produce more than 90 percent of the world production with 14 million dollars, sage with 3 million dollars, licorice root with 2 million dollars, medicinal plants and rosemary with 1 million dollars.”

Cahit Doğan Yağcı

Stating that Turkey is the world leader in laurel and oregano exports and 55 percent of Turkey’s non-wood forestry products exports are made by their Association, Yağcı noted, “The top three countries in our non-wood forestry products export are; USA with 8 million dollars, Germany with 6 million dollars and China with 2 million dollars.”

Yağcı also explained, “We organized a gastronomy tour by inviting four influencers (social media phenomena) with more than 1 million followers from different parts of the world to Izmir with the promotional activities we organized within the scope of our TURQUALITY Project.”

“Especially the USA is a big market, importing 2.2 billion dollars of spices annually. We want to double Turkey’s spice exports to the USA, which is 55 million dollars per year, in the medium term. We are the 10th largest supplier of spices in the USA. Our goal with these promotional activities is to put our name in the top five,” Yağcı added.

Being a country that takes care of its values ​​is the first link of the chain…

“In other words, not being an ‘important country’ in the world, but taking power as being a ‘valuable country’ that derives from design, R&D, branding and innovation is the starting point of the process.

“In this period, in which traditional purchasing tendencies were radically broken, the economy with high added value; will create those who use the time, labour and mental activities to create valuable products and services. We are on this path,” Yağcı concluded…

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