Three apparel company executives told Reuters that Turkey intends to implement new regulations on textile companies that import raw materials from China, a move that has made industry leaders alert. The garment industry is one of Turkey’s major export industries.
They pointed out that representatives of textile companies and officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs discussed the plan at a meeting in Ankara on Monday. The industry asked for this meeting, in which it requested to postpone or amend the measures implemented.
An official from the Ministry of Economic Affairs confirmed the meeting but did not give specific details. “We express support for importing production from China, but only if it brings value-added benefits to Turkey,” the official said.
The Turkish textile industry is a major pillar of the country’s economy. About 18% of Turkey’s $157 billion in exports last year were for garment exports.