Turkish exporters eye Far Eastern countries

Due to their population density and increasing purchasing power, Far Eastern countries are more and more often looked at by the Turkish fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable sector, a leading sector for value-added exports, which set a target of $14 billion for 2023, initiated a promotion project covering four countries from Hong Kong, thus entering the Far Eastern market.

Hayrettin Uçak, the chairman of the Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association, has stated that China will become a very important market for cherry exports: “By evaluating the advantages offered by Turkish Cargo to Turkish exporters in recent years, we aim to double our cherry exports, which is $161 million in 2018, with the opening of the Chinese market.”

Cengiz Balık, the vice chairman of the Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association, has said that since they conducted the Fresh Grape and Cherry URGE Project for the Far East as the target market, new export connections were established.

"At the Asia Fruit Logistica 2018 fair, guests visiting our stand said they wanted, in particular, to import cherries and black figs. Considering that the majority of companies that want to purchase reside in the People's Republic of China, it is very important to accelerate the process of facilitating the protocol on cherry exports from our country to China and to initiate the permit process for other products," he continued.

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