‘TRANSIT TRADING PROHIBITION RISKING TURKEY’S FOOD SECURITY HAS BEEN RELEASED’
‘TRANSIT TRADE PROHIBITION WAS REMOVED, OPENING THE INDUSTRY’
Hüseyin Arslan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mediterranean Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association (AHBİB), stated that Turkey is an international corridor in food trade and expressed their great satisfaction with the lifting of the transit trade ban on cereals, pulses, oilseed crops and feed products. told.
‘Consequences that will lead to loss of confidence prevented’
AHBİB President Hüseyin Arslan, who stated that they took action together with the sector dynamics and held talks with the relevant ministries, for the reconsideration of the said ban decision, which was put into effect on March 10, said, “This decision has been taken in order to prevent the lack of products that may come to the agenda in Turkiye due to the Russia-Ukraine war.”
“With the decision taken, it was forbidden to transport products such as lentils, chickpeas, dry beans, wheat, barley, rye, barley bran, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil from warehouses to abroad under the transit regime,” Arslan added.
Pointing out that in their meetings with the ministries, they explained that they export the grains and pulses imported within the scope of transit trade mostly to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Azerbaijan, Arslan concluded, “However with this instant decision, our companies operating in these countries would not be able to fulfill their commitments and a lack of confidence would arise. Our efforts to end the practice, which would adversely affect all balances regarding our international trade, yielded results and as of March 14, the prohibition decision was lifted.”