The Republic of Turkey lies at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, making it a country of significant geostrategic importance. It is one of the founding members of the G-20 major economies and the OECD. With the world’s 18th-largest nominal GDP, Turkey is worth any exporter’s attention. Ocean freight transportation to Turkey should be part of your export strategy.
One of the world’s newly industrialized countries, Turkey is also one of the world’s leading producers of textiles, motor vehicles, agricultural products, and home appliances.
The Turkish economy is the fastest-growing economy in Europe, and, in fact, one of the fastest-growing in the world. It’s an exciting emerging market; learn more about ocean freight transportation to Turkey.
Your best container choice when you are shipping a container to Turkey will be dictated largely by the size of your shipment.
A full container load (FCL) is for you if your shipping volume is equal to at least half a container (six standard pallets). While a twenty-foot container accommodates ten standard pallets, a forty-foot container can hold twenty-two standard pallets.
Even with a smaller shipment, you may wish to choose FCL if you want to avoid any potential damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with those of other exporters.
If your shipment is small and you do not have to isolate your goods, you may want to opt for a shared container (less-than-container load, or LCL), also known as groupage. With groupage, you will pay only for the space you need. Please get in touch with iContainers for rates and other important information.
Port of Ambarli
Ambarli Port Facilities Trade Company Inc. (ALTAS) is the port authority responsible for this, the largest port in Turkey.
Port of Haydarpasa
This is the seaport of Istanbul, Turkey’s capital; it is a general cargo seaport, RORO, and container terminal situated in Haydarpasa. The port is operated by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD), and is the Marmara region’s biggest container port, as well as Turkey’s third-biggest port, with an annual cargo volume exceeding sixty-six million tons.
Port of Mersin
Turkey’s largest port is owned by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD), with the PSA-Akfen consortium having the concession to manage the port. The port’s railway infrastructure is one of Turkey’s best. Containers can be handled with no need for shunting. Five of the berths have railway connections, from which loading and unloading to and from vessels can be done directly. The port features RORO, bulk cargo, container, and oil terminals.
If you are working against a short deadline or your shipment is urgent, you should explore air freight. This does come with some limitations on shipments in terms of volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.