The Trade Wars, which broke out in the last months of last year, unfortunately caused fluctuations in the global economy. China has not been able to move its growth momentum to the year of 2018.
The tension between the US and China has also had an impact on global trade and, of course, the logistics sector. The most obvious indication for this was the decline in the logistic processes before the Chinese New Year holiday. The problem of air cargo in February and the increase in prices did not happen this year. This showed the decline in China's exports.
However, look at the overall picture when we Martial with periodic slowdowns in our trade relations based on centuries though Turkey has been the Far East and a route preferred for delivering the Europe of precious items such as silk by the Central Asian countries, including China always first.
As well as socio-economic relations between Turkey and the Far East is based on the centuries. Trade in the Far East should also be improved in order to reach the targeted foreign trade and export figures of our country in the coming periods. Because international trade changes direction and East is gaining importance every year.
When we observe the transportation activities between the Far East and our country, we primarily have seaway and airline. A very important part of the foreign trade with the Far East is carried by sea and container. The most important factor here is that costs are much more appropriate.
Another alternative is undoubtedly the airline. It is possible to say that, with the introduction of Istanbul Airport, our country is one step closer to its goal of becoming an international transfer center. At this point, we can foresee that the logistics flows between the Far East and us will be further strengthened.
Another important development in the Turkish logistics sector, such as Istanbul Airport, is the completion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, which will have a major impact on the development of intermodal transport, which we always support.
In March 2015, the Vision Document was published. It aims to create a huge infrastructure and transportation, investment, energy and trade network linking Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
by Turkey "modern Silk Road Project", also called Central Corridor, as a complement to existing lines between East and West and is a safe route to the forefront.
The main axis of our country's transport policies is to realize large-scale infrastructure investments to provide an uninterrupted transport line from China to London. Steps should be taken in the construction of railway networks in Anatolia and in the Caucasus and Central Asia and in the integration of highways in order to develop the historical Silk Road, which has taken its place as the route of trade caravans for centuries, from the Far East to Europe. .
In addition, we expect the railway network in the east-west and north-south axis to be completed as soon as possible within our borders. Because it is vital that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line is able to operate at full capacity and the roads complementing this line are completed.
Thus, we believe that the results of active initiatives of China's sonuç One Generation One Road Project üze, which was initiated by the or Middle Corridor or approach by the public, will have effective results in the coming period and give our sector a great momentum.
Marmaray Tube Passage, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Northern Marmara Motorway and Eurasia Tunnel, Osmangazi Bridge, high speed train and high speed train lines, North Aegean Port, Gebze Orhangazi-Izmir Motorway, 1915 Canakkale Bridge, Istanbul New Airport we will be the gateway of the Far East to Europe again in the sense of logistics.
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UTA February 2019