Over 383 million tonnes of freight was handled in Turkish ports in 2014. By 2023 volumes are expected to increase to 548 million tonnes. To cope with this rise in imports and exports, Turkey will need to expand its port capacity. Already many expansion and modernization projects are underway, as a result of the privatisation of freight and container ports. This increasing economic significance of ports is also reflected at logitrans, which takes place from November 18 to 20, 2015 at the Expo Center ifm in Istanbul.
Many international ports and shipping companies have already registered to take part in this 9th International Transport Logistics Exhibition. These include the Port of Calais in France, the port of Vienna and the WienCont Container Terminal in Austria, Neptune Lines from Greece and the Grimaldi Group of Italy. From Germany the port of Duisburg and bremenports will again be exhibiting.
Among the first-time exhibitors in this section at logitrans in 2015 are the Port of Sète in France, Zeeland Seaports of the Netherlands, the Port of Ghent in Belgium and First-DDSG and Danube Shipping from Austria.
From Turkey the exhibitors here are Ceynak Logistics (Samsun Port), Yesilyurt Port and Hopa Port, and U.N. Ro-Ro, the Turkish market leader in intermodal transport.
Mr. Sedat Gümüşoğlu, CEO of U.N. Ro-Ro, highlights the importance of investment for logistics in Turkey: “As a bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey has the role of a transport hub for the region. Turkey’s ambitious international trade targets can only be maintained with the development of the transport infrastructure."
Because of these expansion plans, Turkey offers excellent opportunities for business, not only for service companies but also for suppliers of port equipment. In particular, too, as Turkish port operators are increasingly interested in projects abroad.