Turkish green passports, which provide visa-free travel to 128 countries including Germany, Iraq, Italy, France, United Arab Emirates, People’s Republic of China, Iran, Israel and Egypt, were given to 568 of Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EIB) member exporters in 2017.
Ratio of Turkey’s exports to mentioned countries is about 80 percent of total exportation of the country.
After 23 March 2017, EIB brokered 568 exporters’ green passports until 31 December 2017. While the exporters of the Aegean Iron and Nonferrous Metals Exporters’ Association ranked first with 112 green passports, members of the Aegean Mine Exporters’ Association got 103 and Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association got 62 green passports.
Aegean Apparel and Garment Exporters Association with 49 members and Aegean Aquaculture and Animal Products Exporters’ Association with 45 members followed the list. Each 41 members from Aegean Furniture, Paper and Forestery Products Exporters’ Association and Aegean Textile and Raw Materials Exporters’ Association came sixth and seventh.
39 members from Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, 27 members from Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters’ Association, 20 members from Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association, 16 members from Aegean Cereals, Grain, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters’ Association and 16 members from Aegean Tobacco Exporters’ Association have reached the freedom of travel with a green passport.
AIMING TO REACH 1000 IN 2018
Sabri Ünlütürk, Aegean Exporters’ Associations Coordinator President noted that at the end of 2018 at least one thousand members are expected to be green passport holders.
Underlining that the green passport provides the ability to move quickly as it provides visa-free travel to exporters, Ünlüürk said: “In January-March period of 2018, exports from the EIB rose 23 percent to $ 3 billion 361 million dollars from 2 billion 729 million dollars. This increase indicates that there will be an increase in the number of exporters aplying for green passport.”