Cumhuriyet newspaper said, in a report, that the tension in political relations between Ankara and Riyadh affected economic relations, noting that the Saudi authorities officially decided to prevent the purchase of goods manufactured in Turkey, after an unofficial ban imposed before that.
She indicated that the decision harms the interests of thousands of Turkish exporters, pointing out that Saudi Arabia ranks 15th among the countries to which Turkish products are exported, according to the translation of Arabi 21 newspaper.
She added that the volume of Turkish exports to Saudi Arabia amounted to $ 3.3 billion, while imports amounted to 3 billion, and home furniture is one of the most exported products to it, and all hotel needs are met from Turkey, and fresh fruits, vegetables, foodstuffs and textiles were also among the products. Important export.
The opposition newspaper stated that the Turkish position on the Gulf crisis, the operations in Syria, and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have led to the escalation of tension between the two countries recently.
She pointed out that the political tension led to the destabilization of economic stability between the two countries, noting that there is an unofficial ban on a number of Turkish goods imposed by the Saudi authorities for nearly two years.
She pointed out that, for example, during the two years, Saudi Arabia increased the value-added tax on Turkish products from 5 to 15 percent, and Turkish products began to be treated poorly in customs, and products such as fresh fruits and vegetables were kept in customs, which caused their corruption.
She added that the Saudi government has obligated Saudi importers who buy goods from Turkey not to deal with them, and that it will impose fines on those who refuse to sign the pledge.
She indicated that Saudi Arabia had asked Ulker, which owns a factory in the country, not to bring raw materials from Turkey.
The newspaper quoted sources, that after unofficial obstacles towards Turkish products, Saudi Arabia officially decided to prevent the entry of goods bearing the slogan “Made in Turkey” to its territory, as of next October (after three days).
It quoted an exporter who has been working in the region for 30 years, saying that requests for Turkish products have stopped, after the Saudi authorities forced importers to sign a commitment not to buy goods from Turkey.
The Turkish exporter added, “Saudi customers are accustomed to Turkish products, and they were satisfied with them, and yet they can no longer buy them anymore, and they asked us to send them through another country.”
He continued, “Small and medium companies are very concerned, with exports from southeastern provinces, such as Hatay, Gaziantep and Diyarbakir halting.”
Earlier, the British “Middle East Eye” website said that the Saudi government was pressuring local companies to stop doing business with Turkey.
“Middle East Eye” said that the Turkish Minister of Trade, Rohsar Bakjan, had contacted the Saudi government; To find out the escalatory move.
According to the site, Saudi Arabia’s war on all Turkish horror has reached the point of stopping importing Turkish goods manufactured in Germany, in addition to terminating Turkish employee contracts in the Kingdom.
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