"Exports from the Western Mediterranean amounted to $874.2 million in four months."

Member companies of the Western Mediterranean Exporters Association (BAİB) achieved exports totaling $874,167,000 in the first four months of the year. In April, the highest increase in exports, with a 89.14% rise ($30,935,000), was to China.

BAİB Chairman Ümit Mirza Çavuşoğlu stated that the export amount for April by the union members was $220,686,000. Providing information that the total export from Antalya, Burdur, and Isparta reached $874,167,000 in the first four months, nearly matching last year's performance, Çavuşoğlu noted:

"The region's export, which fell behind last year in the first three months, recovered in April. When looked at annually, the difference between last year's export performance has decreased to 1.2%. The increase rate approaching 6% in April exports, despite some challenges faced, gives hope for the upcoming period."

Regarding the sectors that exported the most in April from the Western Mediterranean, Çavuşoğlu mentioned that the fresh fruits and vegetables sector led with $65,875,000, followed by the minerals and metals sector with $49,704,000, the wood and forest products sector with $31,510,000, the chemical sector with $20,251,000, and the machinery and components sector with $7,352,000 in exports.

Emphasizing that the highest increase in April exports was to China, with a rise of 89.14% ($30,935,000), Çavuşoğlu expressed:

"The significant increase in exports to China boosted the morale of the region's exporters. There was a 19.46% decrease in exports to Russia, amounting to $15,659,000. Despite the ongoing conflict, exports to Ukraine increased by 1.09% to $14,886,000. Our exports to Romania decreased by 8.26% to $12,479,000, and to Germany by 8.43% to $11,384,000."

Çavuşoğlu also highlighted that in the first four months of the year, the fresh fruits and vegetables and natural stone-weighted minerals sectors accounted for half of the total exports. The fresh fruits and vegetables sector experienced a 12.29% decrease compared to the same period last year, amounting to $301,482,000, while the mineral sector saw a 21.44% increase in exports, reaching $160,301,000 in the four-month period.