Turkey’s exports in the first quarter of 2018 reached $41.2 billion, up 8.9 percent from the same period in 2017, while imports rose to nearly $62 billion, up 22.7 percent, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) data released on April 30.
The figures indicated a rising foreign trade deficit in the period, up to $20.7 billion.
Exports to EU countries, the country’s main trading partner, climbed 21.4 percent to $21.3 billion during the same period.
Some 51.8 percent of total Turkish exports were delivered to EU countries from January to March this year, up from 46.5 percent in the same quarter of 2017.
TÜİK said Germany was Turkey’s top export market, at $4.2 billion, with a 10.2 percent share of total exports, followed by the U.K with $2.63 billion, Italy with $2.56 billion, and Iraq with $2 billion.
Turkey imported the most from China ($6.03 billion), Russia ($6 billion), Germany ($5.4 billion) and the U.S. ($3 billion) in the same period.
The manufacturing industry represented the lion’s share of total exports at 93.6 percent, followed by agriculture and forestry (3.6 percent), and mining and quarrying (2 percent).