Turkey Trade Associations

Directory Business, Industry and Trade Associations

EU-Turkey Association Agreement
EU-Türkiye trade relations are based on an Association Agreement from 1963 and a Customs Union agreement, which entered into force on 31 December 1995.

Türkiye has been a candidate country to join the European Union since 1999. Accession negotiations started in 2005, but have not advanced recently. Türkiye is a member of the Union for the Mediterranean.
> policy.trade.ec.europa.eu/turkiye

Trade picture

  • Türkiye is the EU’s 6th biggest trade partner, representing 3.3% of the EU’s total trade in goods with the world (imports and exports combined) in 2022.
  • The EU is by far Türkiye’s largest merchandise import and export partner. In 2022, 26% of Türkiye’s goods imports came from the EU and 41% of the country’s goods exports went to the EU.
  • Total trade in goods between the EU and Türkiye in 2022 amounted to €198.1 billion (3.6% of the EU’s total trade with the world). The EU’s imports from Türkiye were worth €98.6 billion and were led by textiles (€17.5 billion, 17.7%), closely followed by transport equipment (€17.3 billion), base metals and articles (€16.8 billion), and machinery and appliances (€15.8 billion). The EU’s exports to Türkiye totalled €99.6 billion. They were dominated by machinery and appliances (€25 billion, 25.1%), transport equipment (€17.5 billion), base metals and articles (€13.1 billion), and chemicals (€13.1 billion).
  • Total trade in services between the EU and Türkiye in 2021 amounted to €24.2 billion, representing 1.2% of the EU’s total trade with the world in services. EU imports of services represented €11.4 billion and exports €12.8 billion, respectively making each side the other’s 12th and 16th biggest trade partner for services in the world. Transport (€4.7 billion, 41.2%) and travel services (€3.9 billion, 34.2%) are EU’s the most imported services from Türkiye, and transport (€4.5 billion, 35.2%) and ICT services (€2.7 billion, 21.8%) are the EU’s most exported services to Türkiye.

In alphabetical order

Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations / Istanbul Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon Ihracatci Birlikleri (ITKIB)
ITKIB stands for Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations. It comprises four associations, namely:
Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association,
Istanbul Textile and Raw Material Exporters’ Association,
Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association and
Istanbul Carpet Exporters’ Association.
General Secretariat of Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations (ITKIB) has been operating since 1986.
> itkib.org.tr

Turkish Textile Employers’ Association /
Türkiye Tekstil Sanayii İşverenleri Sendikası (TTSIS)

Turkish Textile Employers’ Association has been established in 1962 to legally and professionally protect the social and financial rights of its members.
The main objectives of the Association are to create unity in the industry by facilitating collaborations among members, to financially support their professional activities and to invest in business ventures to raise the level of productivity and efficiency in the industry.
> tekstilisveren.org.tr

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