Mediterranean Exporters’ Associations (AKİB) Coordinator Chairman and Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairman of the Board Nejdat Sin said that the railway infrastructure should be strengthened in Çukurova provinces, which realize approximately 45 percent of Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports in order to achieve the targets for increasing market diversity.
Chairman Nejdat Sin said, “We need to use the railway more effectively in the process where freight costs boost exponentially. We need to turn the Iron Silk Road, which starts from China and goes all the way to London, into an opportunity. We must add air-conditioned terminals to our rail network. When we achieve this, we will be able to export fresh fruits and vegetables to China, Turkic Republics and South Asian markets from our target markets, especially Europe, with refrigerated containers at more affordable costs and quickly.”
‘We must conclude agricultural quarantine agreements with distant countries’
Pointing out that due to the disruptions in the global supply chain during the pandemic process, there were price increases of up to 10 times in freight prices, Sin noted, “A stabilization is not foreseen in freight prices worldwide before 2023. In the emerging market conditions, railway stands out as the most advantageous option in alternative transportation so that we can diversify our export markets.”
“However, there is a need for air-conditioned terminals in Mersin, Adana and Hatay provinces so that we can benefit more from the railway in our exports of fresh fruits and vegetables. We expect the interest and support of our Government in this regard,” Sin added.
Sin also requested the acceleration of diplomatic traffic in order to rise the range of exports of the Ministry of Trade and urgently implement agricultural quarantine agreements within the scope of the Far Countries Strategy for countries that are geographically distant to Turkey and have high export potential.
Sin stated that in the citrus product group, especially in tangerine exports, China, the Far East, South Korea and the USA are the target markets of the sector.