U.S. exports to Turkey of forest products reached US$70 million in the first eight months of 2012, up 57 percent from the same period last year.
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Market Growth for U.S. Forest Products in Turkey
Export Accomplishments - Events
Jess K. Paulson, Agricultural Attaché
Ibrahim Sirtioglu, Sr. Marketing Specialist
FAS Turkey organized the participation of U.S. forest products exporters, including a first for U.S. soft
wood exporters, at a leading forestry products show, Intermob 2012 Istanbul. U.S. exports to Turkey of
forest products reached US$70 million in the first eight months of 2012, up 57 percent from the same
period last year. Although smaller in number, soft wood exports grew by 160 percent since 2011.
Total U.S. forest products imports have reached US$ 70 million during the first eight months of 2012,
up about 57 percent compared to the same period a year ago. While logs and chips imports from the
U.S. were up 45 percent, hardwood lumber imports were up 84 percent and softwood lumber, even
though small in number, about 160 percent.
To build on this growth, FAS Turkey organized highly successful forest products trade show at
Intermob 2012 Istanbul and the participation of AHEC (American Harwood export Council) and
American Soft Wood Association. This show was one of the many marketing promotion activities on
forest products that FAS Turkey has done in recent years. FAS Turkey and U.S. cooperators have
highlighted the high quality and standards of U.S. wood products, and the U.S. is now an important
supplier to Turkey of forest products.
Over the years FAS Turkey has conducted numerous promotional activities such as organizing buyer’s
missions to hardwood exporting states, assisting AHEC (American Hardwood Export Counsel) in
exhibitions and in technical conferences, organizing visit programs for the U.S. exports while in Turkey
to increase U.S. forest products sales. Recently FAS Turkey has assisted both AHEC and American
Softwood to participate in a leading forest products show, Intermob 2012, in Istanbul Turkey. The show
took place between October 13 and October 17, 2012 in one of the major show sites, TUYAP, in
Istanbul. A total of 13 softwood and 10 Hardwood exporting companies participated to the show.
This was the first show in which U.S. soft wood exporters participated in Turkey, and all the
participants left with good potentials for future businesses. FAS Turkey also organized a site visit for
U.S. softwood exporters to leading Turkish softwood importers.
The total U.S. forest products exports to Turkey increased about 57 percent in the first eight months of
2012 reaching US $70 million. Turkish mills, wood panel and furniture industries are utilizing an
increasing amount of U.S. logs, woodchips, hardwood and softwood lumber in recent years. Post
organized visits to the U.S., technical conferences, U.S. industry members’ participation in the leading
trade show, and the availability of the GSM-102 credit guarantee program facilitated this increase.