UK independent freight forwarder Davies Turner said it “remains positive” about the trading outlook for Turkey despite the country’s ongoing economic crisis and depreciating currency.
Company chairman, Philip Stephenson said that the weakened Turkish lira and escalating tariff war between the US and Turkey might “make life harder” for British exporters but easier for importers.
A so-called trade war broke out in mid-August after US President Donald Trump doubled US tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminium, in turn precipitating a sharp fall in the value of the lira.
If sustained, the forwarder said this would have the effect of making imported goods more expensive for Turkish consumers, but could make the country’s exports to the UK and the rest of the world more competitive.
“If it becomes more difficult for not only UK, but European exporters to sell to Turkey, it could put a strain on the rotation of trailers between Turkey and the UK,” said Stephenson. “Ideally for Davies Turner, balanced traffic flows in both directions are best, supplemented by collecting extra southbound freight from our partners in countries in the near-continent.”
Davies Turner operates daily two-way overland and multimodal trailer services between the UK and Turkey with Turkish partner EKOL.
Stephenson said so far this year it had been “business as usual” and the company was sheltered from fluctuations of the Turkish lira because most of its large international Turkish-related freight and logistics contracts were in Euros or Sterling.
He added: “We have some longer term concerns if the ongoing financial situation has a significant impact on future foreign investment within Turkey, but we still believe the country’s strong export growth will continue despite the country’s current economic difficulties.”
Davies Turner said it is in a strong position to offer its customers some of the best freight forwarding services to or from Turkey as its partner, EKOL, one of the country’s largest freight and warehousing operators, recently became one of the few operators authorised to carry out export customs clearance at its own terminal, via Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.
This it said can avoid delays to Europe-bound cargo, as there is no need to send trucks for export clearance to the main Customs office where there can often be lengthy queues at busy times.
The main commodities moved from Turkey to the UK are clothing and textiles, car parts and raw materials. Southbound from the UK to Turkey, goods moved include fabrics, chemicals and machinery, with volumes out of the UK topped up in mainland Europe if necessary.