Important steps are being taken to strengthen the logistics sector, which has been in a rapid growth cycle for nearly 10 years. However, the main issues in which the Turkish logistics sector has to progress are still up to date. Logistics and improving customs procedures, facilitation of transit trade and to receive deserved share of the Turkey in this direction, promoting combined transport, e-commerce development, Turkey Many studies, such as the completion of the Logistics Master Plan study is of great importance for the logistics industry.
In order to strengthen the sector, it is necessary to determine the needs of the logistics sector correctly, to provide the coordination and cooperation between the sector and the public administration in order to meet the identified needs. At the same time, it is of utmost importance that legislation be made to support and strengthen the sector's activities. Tariff restrictions, public intervention, and high-cost document fee approaches that will disrupt the working peace and investment environment of the sector and prevent entrepreneurship should be abandoned. Despite his Customs Union Agreement with Turkey's European quotas on the agenda for the carriage of goods subject to trade, visas and lasts criminal practices in large quantities. These negative factors impede the achievement of the expected targets in transport rates.
The Ministry of Commerce, which aims to close 2019 with USD 180 billion in exports, has implemented the sız Paperless Customs Project ğinde in the first quarter of the year in order to reduce the workload caused by foreign trade at customs and accelerate trade. The Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey aims to change the way of doing business in customs with 'paperless customs'. Accordingly, the certified companies shall submit their declarations to the customs authorities in electronic environment and shall keep them in their offices provided that they are subsequently inspected without providing additional documents. In this way, it is aimed to minimize the workload and waiting of the foreign trade connoisseurs at the customs.
Another important step to accelerate our foreign trade is the introduction of Istanbul Airport. Turkey, Istanbul Airport will become one of the largest cargo hubs spot on the globe. Plans to increase and encourage air cargo operations at other airports should be made and fleet structures and operation areas should be expanded in order to have a greater share of Istanbul Airport in the European market.
Likewise, the opening of the ICTA will not only strengthen our exports and imports, but will also pave the way for transit trade. Turkey, the memorandum of understanding signed between Azerbaijan and Russia has long been on the agenda in the industry. With this agreement, the volume of transports carried out over Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line will increase and this development will give the railway line a commercial acceleration. Europe via Turkey, this line connected to the Middle East and Africa at the same time in the country on the ancient Silk Road as a new Silk Road are able to foresee at the time the economy will make a direct contribution.
The biggest advantages of BTK are Mersin, Alsancak, Safiport and Derince Ports. Thanks to these ports, we have immediate access to all the countries that have coasts to the Mediterranean basin. Europe, North and West Africa, and of course the Arabian Peninsula, are good examples. In addition to this, Turkey's agreement with China will be a great asset to the industry in terms of expanding into new markets. Turkey signed a deal with China's road transport and road transport renewed agreement with Uzbekistan would pass through parliament while the importance of the region is the fact that more increases. In this way, we think that our foreign trade will develop along with the number of transportation.
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