Turkey’s Top Commodity Imports & Exports

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Overview

Turkey exports $139 billion of goods each year and is currently ranked the 25th largest export economy in the world.

It has a negative trade balance of $49.1 billion after deducting annual imports of $188 billion from its export total for the same period. And export values have been falling at an annualized rate of 0.802% for the last five years, down from $145 billion to £139 billion.

The economy of Turkey is defined as an “emerging market economy” by the IMF, with GDP of $857 billion and a GDP per capita of $10,787.61, according to World Bank figures.

Turkey’s Top 5 Commodity Exports

CommodityAmount (Annually)
Gold$8.25 billion
Refined Petroleum$2.65 billion
Raw Iron Bars$2.62 billion
Wheat Flours$1.08 billion
Citrus Fruits$893 million

Turkey’s Other Notable Exports

  1. Cars – $8.32 billion
  2. Delivery Trucks – $4.57 billion
  3. Vehicle Parts – $3.81 billion
  4. Knit T-Shirts – $2.91 billion
  5. Buses – $1.5 billion

Did you know? Turkey is the second largest exporter of knit T-shirts with an 8.5% share of an annual market worth $34 billion. China is the market leader with 25%.

The top five export destinations of Turkey are Germany ($14 billion), UK ($11.7 billion), Iraq ($7.46 billion), Italy ($7.58 billion) and USA ($6.62 billion).

Turkey’s Top 5 Commodity Imports

CommodityAmount (Annually)
Refined Petroleum
$7.34 billion
Gold$6.45 billion
Coal Briquettes$2.63 billion
Wheat$892 million
Soybeans$885 million

Turkey’s Other Notable Imports

  1. Cars – $9.84 billion
  2. Scrap Iron – $3.95 billion
  3. Broadcasting Equipment – $3.06 billion
  4. Semiconductor Devices – $2.89 billion
  5. Packaged Medicaments – $2.61 billion

More Information About Turkey’s Commodities

Gold

Turkey is the 8th largest exporter of gold with a 2.5% share of an annual market worth $324.6 billion.

The country has witnessed a decline in its export sales of gold of 38.2% over a five year period and is one of several leading exporting countries to see sales fall during this time, while India (up 12,612%) and the UK (up 580%) were the fastest growing.

Raw Iron Bars

Turkey is the biggest exporter of raw iron bars in the world and controls 24% of the annual export market which is worth $11.1 billion.

Its closest rival, with a 9.6% market share, is Italy. Key export destinations for Turkey are the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Egypt, who account for 58% of Turkey’s raw iron bar exports.

Wheat Flours

Turkey leads the way in wheat flours exports, enjoying a 25% share of an annual export market worth $4.29 billion.

Kazakhstan is its closest export rival with a 12% share, but Turkey maintains its competitive edge as a key player of grain in this region as it has two modern flour mills operating close to the important seaports of Istanbul.

Citrus Fruits

Spain is the leading exporter of citrus fruits with a 27% market share, while Turkey is the fourth largest exporting country with a 6.8% share of an export market (which is worth $13.1 billion each year).

Russia has become an increasingly important destination for Turkey’s citrus exports, which is why they have increased their export volumes to this country by more than 30% in recent years.

Turkey produces two main types of oranges, the Washington Navel (75% of total crop) and the Valencia (20%).

Interesting Facts About Turkey

  • Turkey has fourteen million Facebook users, making it the country with the third highest number of accounts
  • Despite most of the Turkish population being Muslim, it has been recognized as a secular nation rather than a Muslim country since 1927
  • The capital city of Istanbul spans two continents, with 97% in Asia and 3% of the city being officially part of Europe

All figures based on OEC/IMF 2016 projections unless otherwise stated.

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