The most valuable Turkish exports also include cars, trucks, automobile accessories and piston engine parts. Jewelry and clothing are other popular exports from Turkey.
The following list shows from which product categories Turkish exporters generated the most revenue. Unlike most information currently available on the web, the items below are detailed at the 4-digit tariff code level. This can help entrepreneurs identify more precisely which products for which Turkey enjoys strong demand and competitive advantages compared with other nations. Innovation can transform these insights into lucrative business opportunities.
Turkey ranks among the world’s top 35 major exporting countries.
Highest Value Turkish Export Products
Below are the 20 highest value export products delivered to international customers in 2016. Shown within brackets is the change in value for each exported product over the 7-year period starting in 2009.
- Cars: US$8.4 billion (up 37.3% since 2009)
- Gold (unwrought): $8.2 billion (up 77.8%)
- Trucks: $4.6 billion (up 98.8%)
- Automobile parts/accessories: $3.9 billion (up 93.7%)
- Jewelry: $3.8 billion (up 225.4%)
- T-shirts, vests (knit or crochet): $2.9 billion (up 22.2%)
- Processed petroleum oils: $2.8 billion (down -20.5%)
- Iron or non-alloy steel bars, rods: $2.7 billion (down -32.0%)
- Women’s clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.3 billion (up 33.1%)
- Insulated wire/cable: $1.8 billion (up 25.9%)
- Refrigerators, freezers: $1.7 billion (up 32.0%)
- Jerseys, pullovers (knit or crochet): $1.6 billion (up 50.5%)
- Woven carpets/textile floor coverings: $1.6 billion (up 109.7%)
- Piston engine parts: $1.6 billion (up 81.1%)
- Men’s suits, trousers (not knit or crochet): $1.5 billion (up 26.7%)
- Public-transport vehicles: $1.5 billion (up 45.5%)
- TV receivers/monitors/projectors: $1.4 billion (down -18.9%)
- Miscellaneous nuts: $1.4 billion (up 63.6%)
- Miscellaneous furniture: $1.3 billion (up 103.5%)
- Women’s clothing (knit or crochet): $1.2 billion (up 48.7%)
Among these product categories, jewelry posted the greatest increase in Turkish export sales with a 225.4% gain in value from $1.2 billion in 2009 to $3.8 billion during 2016.
In second place were exported woven carpets and other textile floor coverings which grew 109.7% over the same 7-year period.
Turkish exports of miscellaneous furniture also showed a respectable gain in 2016 up 103.5% from 2009, followed by export sales of trucks up 98.8%.
Leading the decliners were exported iron or non-alloy steel bars and rods, down -32%. Processed petroleum oils slowed by -20.5%. The only other top category to decrease was TV receivers, monitors and projectors which fell in value by -18.9%.
See also Turkey’s Top 10 Exports, Turkey’s Top Import Partners and Highest Value Turkish Import Products
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on February 13, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports and World Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis. Accessed on February 13, 2017