Minister Uraloğlu: The amount of cargo handled in ports increased by 7.2 percent

Minister Uraloğlu: The amount of cargo handled in ports increased by 7.2 percent


Minister Uraloğlu announced the maritime statistics for the January-March period prepared by the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs. Uraloğlu stated that all necessary breakthroughs and investments have been made to further develop maritime, increase the opportunities provided by the seas, and bring their resources into the economy, and stated that they continue their efforts without slowing down to ensure that Turkey gets a greater share of maritime trade.

“The cargo that increased the most was diesel”

Stating that the amount of cargo handled in Turkish ports in March this year was 47 million 351 thousand 510 tons, Uraloğlu said, “The amount of cargo handled in our ports in the January-March period reached a total of 134 million 327 thousand 597 tons. The amount of loading for export purposes carried out in the ports in March was higher than the previous year’s The amount of unloading for import purposes increased by 19.4 percent compared to the same month of the previous year and reached 12 million 804 thousand 476 tons. “It increased by 14.8 percent and reached 36 million 684 thousand 911 tons,” he said.

Minister Uraloğlu noted that the type of cargo that increased the most in March compared to the previous month was diesel handling, and stated that 3 million 507 thousand 326 tons of diesel cargo were handled from the ports. Stating that this was followed by cargo carried in 40-foot containers and iron ore and concentrates, Uraloğlu said, “In March, portland cement cargo type took the first place with 1 million 40 thousand 381 tons among the export cargo handled in our ports. The said cargo type was followed by diesel and feldspar cargo types.” “Crude oil cargo type ranked first among the import cargo handled in our ports. This was followed by scrap iron and unbriquetted hard coal cargo types, respectively,” he said.

“Most cargo handling goes to Italy”

Minister Uraloğlu stated that the highest cargo handling in maritime exports in March was carried out in transportation to Italy, followed by transportation to the USA and Spain, and that the highest cargo handling in imports was seen in transportation from Russia. He underlined that 8.1 percent of the 36 million 684 thousand 911 tons of traded cargo was transported by Turkish flagged ships. Minister Uraloğlu said, “The amount of cargo carried by Turkish flagged ships in March increased by 29.1 percent compared to the same month of the previous year, with 2 million 965 thousand 1 tons. The amount of cargo carried by foreign flagged ships was the same as the previous year with 33 million 719 thousand 910 tons.” “It increased by 13.6 percent compared to the previous month,” he said.

Uraloğlu pointed out that the amount of containers handled at the ports in March reached 1 million 169 thousand 846 TEU, and stated that the amount of containers handled at the ports in the January-March period increased to 3 million 350 thousand 817 TEU.

“The highest load was handled in Aliağa”

Uraloğlu stated that transit cargo transportation by sea at ports in March was 5 million 699 thousand 607 tons. Pointing out that the amount of cargo transported in cabotage in March decreased by 5.1 percent compared to the same month of the previous year with 4 million 966 thousand 992 tons, Uraloğlu said, “The highest cargo handling was carried out by the companies operating within the administrative borders of Aliağa Regional Port Authority with 7 million 720 thousand 348 tons of cargo.” “The Aliağa Regional Port Authority was followed by the Kocaeli Regional Port Authority with 7 million 365 thousand 591 tons and the Iskenderun Regional Port Authority with 5 million 669 thousand 99 tons.”

Uraloğlu also said that the developments in maritime trade have increased in parallel with the developments in the country’s economy since the beginning of 2024. Pointing out that Turkey is growing day by day in the maritime sector, Uraloğlu said, “We can now proudly say that we are in a very important position in the international arena in the maritime field. We are one of the leading maritime countries in the world.”



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