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Sebahattin Arslantürk: Trabzon accounts for 28 percent of hazelnut exports in 2023

Press release…

In 2023, 284 thousand 141 tonnes of hazelnuts were exported from Türkiye and 1 Billion 866 Million 735 Thousand 417 Dollars of foreign currency inflow was provided in return.

According to the latest data, issued by Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association (DKİB), last year, there was a 9 percent decrease in the amount of hazelnut exports compared to the previous year, while the amount surged by 7 percent. European countries, which are traditional export markets, had the largest share in hazelnut exports to 121 countries.

Sebahattin Arslantürk

Black Sea region’s leading province of Trabzon alone accounted for 29 percent of the total amount of hazelnut exports; 82 thousand 392 tonnes of hazelnuts were exported from Trabzon and 531 Million 17 Thousand 330 Dollars of foreign currency inflow was provided in return. In 2023, there was a 22 percent fall in the amount of hazelnuts exported from Trabzon compared to the previous year and a 4 percent fall in the export amount. While hazelnuts were exported to 59 different countries from Trabzon province, the most exported countries were Italy, Germany, Poland, France and Brazil respectively.

Sebahattin Arslantürk, Vice Chairman of the Hazelnut and Products Sector Committee of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association (DKİB), who made evaluations on the subject, stated that due to the highest inflation of recent years in European countries and other global markets, which are our traditional export markets in 2023, there has been a significant decline in orders and this situation is reflected in hazelnut exports.

Pointing out that in addition to this negative picture abroad caused by global inflationary pressures, Arslantürk said, “High increases in production costs, especially energy and labour costs, difficulties in accessing financing and high interest rates in the domestic market also negatively affected the exporter, but despite these negative situations, hazelnut exporters managed to close the year with a rise by showing a very good performance.”

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