Become An Important Future Centers Intermodal Transport in Turkey

Istanbul airport and improvement works at Kapikul
Istanbul airport and improvement works at Kapikul

The logistic sector is one of the most important factors affecting the success of the countries in foreign trade in the globalizing world. This strong ties in trade between Turkey and EU countries, is largely reflected in the transport and logistics sector.

Turkey's foreign trade volume in parallel to the increase of transport demand is also concerned with the European rapid rise.

The biggest development in the last period is undoubtedly that with the opening of Istanbul Airport, our country's claim to be an international transfer center has taken it one step further. With the completion of the transition to the new airport, the cargo companies that provide storage services shift their warehouses to the new airport. Cargo agencies continue to serve at both airports because cargo planes continue to land at Ataturk Airport. A cargo city project planned in the future is also among the existing plans and the total size of this city is expected to be 1,4 million square meters. When this project is completed, the establishment of a wider transportation network with Europe in a global sense will be of great benefit for both our industry and our country's economy.

Seaway maritime seen necessary to assess the Turkey-European relations in terms of transport and the European Union as well as an indispensable part of the transport sector for Turkey and constitute about 86 percent of world trade. This shows that the importance of our ports is increasing day by day. Turkey's Ambarli, Pendik, Alsancak, Çeşme and Mersin ports of Ro-Ro vessels with Italy's Trieste, France Toulon and Sete Greece out of Lavrio port transported cargo to Europe and cover a large part of foreign trade.

Turkey and the EU, liberalization of the railway sector and work to increase the quality of infrastructure continues. Turkey Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway network while improving the international Marmaray Rail and / Bosphorus Tube Crossing the modern Iron Silk Road passing the Asia-Europe rail corridor aims to make functional life. Meanwhile, the European-located within the transit corridor between South Asia, which will contribute to the development of the Trans Asian Railway line "Pakistan-Iran-Turkey railway line" with Pakistan and India to Europe connection is provided. Both increased trade with both opened new lines of freight traffic between Europe and Turkey are expected to increase further in the coming period.

If we come to intermodal transport; In addition to its low cost advantage, it has become a preferred transportation method due to its efficient and environmentally friendly approach. Many Turkish logistics firm is committed to develop new intermodal line in Turkey-Europe line. Ro-Ro lines, the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits transition projects, TRACECA Transport Corridor, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Line, Silk Wind Block Train project with the completion of the project and other projects Turkey will become an important center of intermodal transportation.

Another mode in demand in transportation between Turkey and the European Union countries emerges as the highway. However, the long wait at the border gates is considered as the negative aspects of this mode in terms of speed and cost. This causes great losses to the industry long wait, the Turkey-EU countries is damaging to the economy and foreign trade. Despite his Customs Union Agreement with Turkey to the European quota of free movement of goods and it lasts criminal practices in large quantities. These negative factors hinder the achievement of expected targets in transportation rates.

As a result of the initiatives of UTİKAD, improvement works have been initiated for the long TIR queues in Kapıkule. It is among our expectations that additional chronicles opened and appointment pass systems at planned customs gates and electronic check and bond applications shorten the queues. These initiatives could foresee increased road freight traffic between Turkey and the EU countries as a result.

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