Turkish logistics industry bounces back with 11 percent growth

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ISTANBUL: After a volatile 2016, Turkey’s logistics industry bounces back in 2017 with 11 percent growth and the government’s resolve to create a logistics master plan for the country.

The plan, set to be unveiled at year’s end, combines technology and upgrades in the industry to enhance trade with other countries as companies start investing on intelligent solutions with the advent of digitalization and Industry 4.0.

The Turkish Association of International Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers (UTIKAD) said the 11 percent growth in the logistics sector, thus far, isa good sign that the industry is up for the challenges.

At the upcoming logitrans 2017 happening at the ifm Istanbul Expo Center on November 15-17, exhibitors will highlight opportunities in Turkey’s logistics market.

“This positive development opens up opportunities for international logistics specialists to benefit from the rebound in this market. logitrans provides the perfect opportunity for this. For example, to make contacts with major players in the logistics sector,” said Gerhard Gerritzen, Executive Board member of Messe München GmbH.
Many German companies value the Turkish logistics market and will be presenting their services at logitrans 2017.

On the German Pavilion supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, companies like Dachser, Fährhafen Sassnitz, Logistics Alliance Germany, Schenker, Schmitz Cargobull and Univ ersal Transport are participating.

“We’re already active in the Turkish market and in the region through our branch in Istanbul. logitrans is the ideal platform for us to maintain existing contacts and expand our network,” said Holger Dechant, Managing Director of Universal Transport.

Harm Sievers, Managing Director of Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH, adds, “logitrans is a permanent feature on our calendar and we’ve been able to make many contacts through our long-standing participation. Among other things, one company has established a factory for the production of plastic pipes at our site, as a result.”