Ocean Freight Transportation to Turkey

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.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

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.

Ocean Freight Routes to Turkey

  • Port of Gemlik
    Gemport is one of Turkey’s most important ports. Its main business is container services, but it is a crucial exportation port for the automotive sector in the Marmara region. Its four piers boast drafts of between 39 and 118 feet, and it has container storage capacity of 600,000 TEUs.
  • Port of Ambarli
    Ambarli Port Facilities Trade Company Inc. (ALTAS) is the port authority responsible for this, the largest port in Turkey.

    • Marport is the port of Ambarli’s main container terminal; in 2011, it handled over 1.5 million TEUs of containerized cargo. Marport is spread over Piers 1,2, and 3 of the Limar Kumport Terminal. These terminals offer reefer services and hazardous container services.
    • In 2011, The port of Ambarli’s Kumport Terminal hosted 1,919 vessels carrying 237,000 tons of general cargo and 844 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. This terminal has a total of 6,824 feet of berths and covers nearly 99 acres. It and has the capacity to handle 1.7 million TEUs annually. There are yard slots for 8,994 TEUs, a 2.5-acre container freight station, and 1.7 acres of warehouses.
  • 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.

Air Freight Transportation to Turkey

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.