Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Forestry Products Council convened

28.04.2020 / Ankara

The meeting of the Turkish Forestry Products Council was held via video conference under the chairmanship of Oğuzhan Ata Sadıkoğlu, Member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Chambers and Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), and Sabri Avci, Council Deputy Chairman.​

During the meeting, the measures taken to address the Coronavirus outbreak were consulted, while discussing the impact of the situation on the Forestry Products sector as well as additional measures to be taken. TOBB Board Member Oğuzhan Ata Sadıkoğlu, the COVID-19 process affecting all parts of the country from the beginning of the difficulties and demands experienced as TOBB gathered with great care; TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu has been working nonstop to eliminate the problems experienced by council members.


At the meeting, Council Member and Chairman of the Association of MDF and ChipBoard Industrialists Haluk Yıldız put forth that Furniture and Forestry products sectors cannot be considered apart from each other, and that the forestry products sector should be considered as subject force majeure. Haluk Yıldız, also noted in this period of narrowing of the domestic market to increase exports until the beginning of 2019, to restart the transport support will contribute significantly to exports.


One of the issues raised in the meeting was the rapid implementation of the buffer zone procedure at Kapıkule Border Gate at other customs gates in order to support increasing exports, which will relieve export outputs pressures.


The meeting also emphasized the importance of providing flexibility in bringing export costs to Turkey from countries where the banking system does not work well enough.

Council members have jointly said that medium and large-scale firms should benefit adequately from the increased KGF-backed financing opportunities.

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