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$ 5.1 billion export from the packaging industry

packaging industry in Turkey In 2020, it exported 5 thousand 147 million dollars and achieved an increase of 12 percent in quantity and 9 percent in value compared to the previous year. Zeki Saribekir, President of the Association of Packaging Manufacturers (ASD), said: “As an industry, we managed to achieve a foreign trade surplus despite the pandemic process. In the next period, our objective is to continue increasing our exports and contribute to the economy of our country ”.

The packaging sector, which closed 2019 with 4,716 million dollars in exports, achieved an export of 5 thousand 147 million dollars in 2020 and an increase of 9 percent. Consequently, total packaging exports, which were 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, increased 12 percent in 2020 to 2.9 million tonnes. Packaging industry imports increased 15 percent in quantity and 9 percent in value in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Turkey’s packaging industry has contributed positively to the current account deficit with a trade surplus of approximately $ 2 billion from $ 28 million. ASD President Zeki Saribekir said the sector’s highest export rate was in plastic packaging at 66 percent.

“WE MUST EXPORT HALF OF WHAT WE PRODUCE”

Commenting on the packaging industry, Zeki Saribekir said: “As a sector, we continue to have a foreign trade surplus despite the pandemic process. Our objective in the next period is to continue increasing our exports and contribute to the economy of our country. Turkey as a packaging sector made 5 billion 147 million dollars of exports in 2020 at 12 percent in volume compared to the previous year, as we obtained a 9 percent increase in value. The countries to which we export the most in 2020; He said: “UK, Germany, Iraq, America and Israel.”

ASD President Zeki Saribekir

Turkey’s packaging sector will perform in 2020 to 5 billion 147 million dollars of exports amounting to 12 percent compared to the previous year, while 9 percent increases in value as caught. The President of the Association of Packaging Manufacturers (ASD), Zeki Saribekir, said: “Despite the pandemic process as an industry, foreign trade surplus we managed to give.

“Our goal in the next period is to further increase our exports and contribute to the economy of our country.”

The packaging sector, which closed 2019 with 4 thousand 716 million dollars of exports, achieved an export of 5 thousand 147 million dollars in 2020 and an increase of 9 percent. Consequently, total packaging exports, which were 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, increased 12 percent in 2020 to reach 2.9 million tonnes. Packaging industry imports increased 15 percent in quantity and 9 percent in value in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Turkey’s packaging industry has contributed positively to the current account deficit with a trade surplus of approximately $ 2 billion from $ 28 million. ASD President Zeki Saribekir said the sector’s highest export rate was in plastic packaging at 66 percent.

“WE MUST EXPORT HALF OF OUR PRODUCTION”

Commenting on the packaging industry, Zeki Saribekir said: “As a sector, we continue to have a foreign trade surplus despite the pandemic process. Our objective in the next period is to continue increasing our exports and contribute to the economy of our country. Turkey as a packaging sector made 5 billion 147 million dollars of exports in 2020 at 12 percent in volume compared to the previous year, as we obtained a 9 percent increase in value.

The countries to which we export the most in 2020; “It was listed as the United Kingdom, Germany, Iraq, the United States and Israel.”

INCREASE IN EXPORTS DESPITE THE PROBLEM OF RAW MATERIALS AND CONTAINERS

Continuing with his statements on the sector, Zeki Saribekir said: “In our exports, plastic packaging is in first place with a 66 percent share and paper / cardboard packaging in second place with 22 percent.”

Zeki Saribekir, who also referred to the problems they face as a sector, emphasized: “The prices of raw materials are increasing around the world and they are reflected in us. The raw materials for packaging materials, especially plastic, in our industry are mainly supplied from abroad. Therefore, supporting large investments in our country for the production of raw materials that must be made with priority.

I believe that these investments, which will focus on the production of raw materials, will reduce the costs of producers in the long term and increase the speed of exports. Our President Recep Our Minister of Industry and Technology, especially Tayyip Erdogan, Mustafa Varank, the great efforts of the past to bring the Turkish Automobile Initiative Group (TOGG) to life, that such raw material to be a solution to the problem, “Group of Turkey Petrochemical Enterprises “should be established. It can be created with the support of public institutions and the contribution of the private sector.

The private sector cannot afford these multi-billion dollar investments. The power that will unite us is our state. In this way, we can produce products with high added value and have a more competitive structure in the international arena. We look forward to the support of our government and industry stakeholders for initiatives in this field.

In logistics, another problematic issue, I believe that the problems encountered in the search for containers will be overcome by establishing logistics centers. However, at this point, it will be beneficial to separate the logistics centers from one sector to another. Despite the problem of raw materials and packaging, we exported 5 thousand 147 million dollars, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.

As one of the rare sectors with a current account surplus, our contribution to the economy will increase with the reduction of problems. In addition, it is important to us that the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) come into play. The more our customers trade freely in many countries, the more packaging we produce for them. This will increase our exports as a sector and our country in general ”.

“THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL IS THE KEY TO EXPORT TO EUROPE”

Saying that two important points in packaging production are of great importance, Zeki Saribekir said; He stated that it is ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Environment’. Zeki Sarıbekir ended his remarks as follows: “Recycling packaging is very important to contribute to the economy and the environment of the country. The containers are not garbage, on the contrary, they are cheap materials. We also import recycled plastic, which is an input in our production.

We must reduce this import gradually by strengthening the recycling infrastructure of our country. Recycling our own waste will make a great contribution to our economy. In particular, within the framework of sustainability, the world has focused on the zero waste system. At this point, recycling appears as the most important component for the continuation of the contribution to the circular economy and the zero waste approach.

The European Green Deal for a sustainable environment keeps the vision of Circular Economy and Recycling on its agenda. Countries that make the necessary preparations for a sustainable environment during the epidemic, that is, even in the period in which uncertainty and risk increase, strengthen their reliability in the international arena.

The European Union also aims to gradually implement the European Green Consensus in 2050, within the framework of its climate neutrality goal. As ASD, we will closely monitor the transition to a carbon-free economy and continue to provide our industry with whatever support we can by doing our part. “

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