Milk and dairy exporters have targeted the Chinese market while
experienced positive political atmosphere between China and Turkey will also continue to reflect economic developments.
Lifting the barriers of cherries first and then dairy products pleased Turkish exporters who wanted to have a say in the market.
Turkish milk and dairy exporters wish to be permanent in this country with the opening of Chinese market, which is the most crowded country in the world and imports about 6 billion dollars of milk and dairy products annually.
Finding a place in the market is the first target…
Bedri Girit, Chairman of the Board of Aegean Seafood and Animal Products Exporters’ Association, said that the Chinese adventure that started with 54 companies in dairy products may increase in the following years.
Drawing attention to the intensive work of both the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Girit stated, “In the first place, cream, milk powder, butter and cheese types were allowed. For example, export of canned milk is still prohibited, but these permissions are also very important.”
Noting that the exporters of milk and dairy products started to conduct market research immediately with the opening of the Chinese market, Girit emphasized that their first goal was to take place in this market.
Pointing out that Turkey is an important exporter of milk powder too, Girit added:
“There is a huge market in China in this regard. They make their own dairy products using milk powder. Or they use ice cream. We want to take advantage of these opportunities. Also great opportunity for cheese. Fresh spreads can be traditional cheeses. We think that this market will grow over time.”
Reminding that last year 325 million dollars of exports made in milk and milk products, Girit explained, “Despite the new type of coronavirus outbreak, what we intend is to raise it to 350 million dollars. At least our goal is in this direction by now.”
Sharing the information related to Turkey’s rivals in China, Girit continued as follows:
“There are both USA and Europe in this market. Also, Australia and New Zealand export milk and dairy products to China. So we have a long way. Though we are competitive in milk powder across the world. Milk powder production is increasing in the spring. Firstly, we can sell milk powder. Our main purpose is to introduce our other products to Chinese consumers starting with cheese. Lastly we would like to thank our Minister of Commerce Ruhsar Pekcan and our Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli for their efforts to open an export license to the Chinese market.”