Hüseyin Arslan, Chairman of the Board of the Mediterranean Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters’ Association (AHBİB), said that they made an export of 353.4 million dollars with an increase of 21 percent in the first quarter of 2021, while they managed to catch significant gains in approximately 90 countries across the world.
Noting that they continue to strengthen in traditional markets despite the difficulties in global trade due to the mutations of the Covid-19 virus, AHBİB Chairman Hüseyin Arslan emphasized that the positive results of their efforts to ramp up market diversity are also reflected in the export reports of January-March 2021.
Most exports to Iraq, Syria and Germany…
Arslan said, “The main markets of our Association, which added value to 491,328 tonnes of products in the international market in the first quarter of 2021, were the Middle East, Europe and African countries. Iraq ranked first with an rise of 41 percent and a value of 59.5 million dollars in the list of countries to which we export the most. This country was followed by Syria with a 77 percent increase and a value of 41.5 million dollars, followed by Germany with a 39 percent increase and a value of 14 million dollars.”
‘We achieved record increases in Indonesia, Liberia and Belarus’
Stating that in the first quarter of 2021, the top three countries where AHBİB achieved record increases in export volume are Indonesia, Liberia and Belarus, Arslan noted, “As AHBİB, we provided 2.517 percent surges in exports to Indonesia, 1.880 percent to Liberia and 1.464 percent to Belarus. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), China, Iran, Afghanistan, Uganda, Italy, Austria, Libya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Mauritania, Bulgaria and Madagascar also drew attention among other countries where our Association has achieved significant export increases.”
‘We exported the most pastry products’
Expressing that AHBİB has a share of 18 percent from the 2 billion dollar sector export in the first quarter of the year, Arslan evaluated the performance of the Association in January-March period according to product groups.
“Pastry products with a share of 22 percent and a value of 78.4 million dollars took the first place in the list of the product group we export the most. This was followed by legumes with a share of 21 percent and a value of 75.1 million dollars, followed by sugar and sugary products with a share of 14 percent and a value of 49.4 million dollars,” Arslan added.
“In the January-March period, the product we exported the most in all product groups was red lentils with a value of 45.4 million dollars and a share of 13 percent,” Arslan concluded…