FedEx Trade Networks Celebrates its First Year of Operations in Turkey
I’m very excited to be here in Istanbul with Kerim Bilgic, FedEx Trade Networks country manager of Turkey, to celebrate the end of our first year of operations in this thriving Mediterranean country.
We’ve done so much to expand our operations here over the last year, starting with opening our offices in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. We’re now serving hundreds of customers across the country in sectors such as textiles, automotive, technology, construction and defense, and we are aiming to continue that growth in the coming years as we pursue additional volumes and market share.
Turkey has enormous market potential and is a top priority for FedEx Trade Networks. Not only did its economy expand by 8.5% last year, making it the fastest growing economy in all of Europe, but it also had a foreign trade volume of $375 billion. That, combined with its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East and easy access to 1.5 billion customers throughout those regions, makes Turkey an ideal market in which to expand our operations. We now have nearly 40 team members across the country and we plan to increase that number as needed and in line with our future growth.
As part of our commitment to providing what we feel are the most comprehensive shipping solutions in the industry, we continue to offer our customers increased access to major global markets, both inbound and outbound. Customers also benefit from flexible freight forwarding solutions that employ a variety of value-added services, including the ability to track and analyze their complete supply chain and managed control of their goods in transit from point of origin to final-mile delivery. By providing all these items, together with years of freight forwarding experience and Turkish language support, we are able to meet the needs of our customers in the region, while serving our customers around the globe who have business in Turkey.