Turkey’s manufacturing capacity during the pandemic period once again surfaced. Productions especially in the field of health and hygiene equipment provided an important foreign currency inflow to the country in the coronavirus days, which reduced the world shutters. Especially disinfectant and cologne exports broke the historical record. According to the data of IKMIB, the disinfectant export figure, which was 8.6 million dollars in January-April 2019, increased to 90 million dollars in the same period of this year. A similar situation exists in Cologne. The export of cologne, which was 2.7 million dollars in the same period, reached 7.5 million dollars.
Stating that the export will increase more with the addition of new production lines and removal of restriction of exports rising trend, Adil Pelister, Chairman of Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters’ Association (IKMIB), made the following statement, “We have seen the power of our chemistry sector, which has the second largest sector in Turkey’s exports, once again in these days we have extraordinary process. Despite the export restrictions in the pandemic period, we experienced a 10-fold increase in disinfectant exports compared to the January-April period of last year. The amount of exports in disinfectant, which was 8.6 million dollars in January-April 2019, increased to 90 million dollars in the same period of this year. The export of cologne, which were 2.7 million dollars in the same period, reached up to 7.5 million dollars. Despite the normalization processes that gradually make itself felt all over the world and in our country, we think that habits about cleaning, hygiene and disinfectant will be settled. This increase trend will also contribute to the addition of new production lines. In April, the demand for these products increased by 30-40 percent domestically, and some companies focused on these items, which they do not produce or produce short by adapting quickly.
However, as of May 2, our export processes will be accelerated again by removing the pre-authorization requirement for the export of medical, cosmetic and chemical substances. As IKMIB, we made a serious contribution with our sector NGOs. We will start to see the positive effect of this in the coming months. We believe that recovery will occur with the gradual normalization process in May and June. With the new normalization process, it is very important that we continue to work together, produce and export in order to turn our country’s positive perception of managing this process into an opportunity. We believe that new opportunities will be generated both in our sector and in our country.”
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