Fastest-Growing Turkish Export Products

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Seven of the fastest-growing Turkish export products posted a triple-digit gain from 2011 to 2015. Those top gainers represent a diverse range of goods, from exported baby diapers and mats to gold and lead.

Overall, Turkish exports averaged a 6.6% increase over the 5-year period.

Please note that this analysis is at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level, which is better for looking at high-level trends as opposed to uncovering opportunities at the more micro 4, 6, 8 or 10-digit code level.

Fastest-Growing Turkish Export Products

Listed below in descending order are the fastest-growing Turkish export products. Shown within parentheses is the percentage increase in a product category’s exports from 2011 to 2015.

  1. Miscellaneous manufactured articles: Up by 655.9% (US$970.9 million)
  2. Plaiting products, basketwork: Up by 454.8% ($4 million)
  3. Live animals: Up by 454.7% ($34.5 million)
  4. Gems, precious metals: Up by 201.3% ($11.3 billion)
  5. Lead: Up by 144.6% ($18.7 million)
  6. Food industry waste, animal fodder: Up by 116.5% ($110.6 million)
  7. Aircraft, spacecraft: Up by 100.4% ($688.8 million)
  8. Feathers, artificial flowers, hair: Up by 99.7% ($2 million)
  9. Arms and ammunition: Up by 85.2% ($440.9 million)
  10. Clocks, watches including parts: Up by 84.4% ($34.9 million)
  11. Headgear: Up by 83.3% ($31.1 million)
  12. Explosives, pyrotechnics: Up by 65.3% ($30.3 million)
  13. Fish: Up by 63.8% ($647.5 million)
  14. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: Up by 61.7% ($724.8 million)
  15. Pharmaceuticals: Up by 54.9% ($878.1 million)


Sanitary pads and tampons, and baby napkin liners led miscellaneous manufactured products to top place as Turkey’s fastest-growing export product category.

Plaiting material mats, matting and screens were the top gainers for the second-place plaiting products and basketwork category.

Poultry led exported live animals to its third-place finish.

Unwrought gold and jewelry had the top sales increases for Turkey’s exported gems and precious metals category.

See also Turkey’s Top 10 Exports, Turkey’s Top Import Partners and Highest Value French Export Products

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on August 11, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on August 11, 2016