It was stated that a logistics center to be built in Trabzon and Trabzon's Middle East and Asian geography could become the supply and transfer center.
The President of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB), Ahmet Hamdi Gürdoğan, who made statements on the subject, required the foreign trade of the Eastern Black Sea Region, which has a very important strategic advantage in terms of proximity to the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East Region, especially the Russian Federation. He reminded that due to the insufficient building investments, he could not benefit from these potentials at the desired level and sustainably. In the previous years, although Trabzon ranked first in exports to the Russian Federation by seaway, after the closure of Russia's Sochi Port, Trabzon came to an end in logistics services, and the exporters and transportation vessels turned to other regions and the economy of Trabzon Stating that he received a coup, Gürdoğan said, “For this, certain infrastructures should be made in order to activate the provinces and knowledge and potential of geographical proximity advantage of Trabzon, and provinces and hinterland provinces should be made attractive. In this context, there is an opportunity to transform Trabzon into a logistics center to be built in Trabzon and become the center of supply and transfer in the Middle East and Asia. ”
Stating that the Kazbegi-Verhni Lars Border Gate will be opened in the coming months within the scope of the works carried out under the coordination of our Ministry of Economy, Gürdoğan said, “There is a possibility that the Abkhazia Gate, which will provide passage to the Russian Federation via Georgia-Abkhazia in the long term, will be opened. and with the opening of this gate, the possibility of reaching the Russian Federation by road in 6 hours, the possibility of opening the South Ossetia gate, which is the third gate that will provide the transition to Russia via Georgia, probably the possibility of opening the Sochi or Adler Ports to freight traffic again after 2014. transit passages to Central Asia and the Turkic Republics through these countries become risky due to the negativities that may be experienced in the Middle East and Iran in the coming years. Kazakhstan-Turkmen by ferry The fact that the stan routing is highly probable and that it extends to China by road on this route will make the province of Trabzon and the Eastern Black Sea Region logistically attractive.
In addition, the possibility of transportation up to China will arise through this line, which will bring the cargoes returning from China to Europe to be made through our Region. Because the cargoes going from China to European Countries can still be delivered by container line in a minimum of 40 days. The cargoes that will arrive at the ports of our Eastern Black Sea Region by road via this line will provide the opportunity to be sent to Europe and its hinterland countries in a shorter time from the logistics center with the container line in Trabzon port. In addition, thanks to a logistics center that will be created with all the infrastructure possibilities, taking into account the examples of the world, there is also the opportunity of transit trade of the cargoes of the countries in the Russian Federation and hinterland of Trabzon province through Europe, and of the raw material cargoes that will go from these countries to the European countries through this logistics center.
In addition to this, Gürdoğan stated that it is possible to carry out the transit cargo flow to the Middle East-Europe and Middle East-Central Asia through the logistics center to be established in Trabzon, and said, “Currently, it is the closest port from our country to the Northern Iraq Region, where western companies make a big investment. There are ports in Trabzon and the provinces of our Region, and a Trabzon-based logistics center that will be established by opening the Ovit Tunnel in this proximity will make the use of this line attractive.
Surmene-Çamburnu Shipyard filling area is the most suitable place for the logistics center in terms of area size and strategic location among the available alternatives to appeal to the region. In this context, in order to initiate the necessary works by our Ministry of Economy, which is among the duties of establishing logistics centers, the Surmene-Çamburnu Shipyard filling area, which is currently under the ownership of the Sürmen District Governorship Property Directorate, is carried out as a shipyard by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications (DLH Construction General Directorate), by the relevant Ministries. It should be allocated to the Ministry of Economy in order to establish a Logistics Center”.