Turkey accuses Saudi Arabia of obstructing the transport of goods to...

Turkish companies accused Saudi Arabia of obstructing the transfer of goods from Turkey to the Kingdom, suggesting that the political tension between the two regional powers is gradually moving into the field of trade.

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According to what was reported by “Bloomberg” agency, these allegations prompted a Turkish official familiar with the matter to warn, last Thursday, that Ankara does not rule out filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

In turn, the largest container line in the world, the Danish company “AP Moller-Maersk A / S”, has warned customers of the possibility of disruption.

Bloomberg agency reported in a report published on Friday that the Turkish agent of “AP Moller-Maersk A / S” said in an email sent on September 29 that goods destined for Saudi ports “would be subject to a possible import ban or slowing down of traffic.” Customs.

In this context, the owner of the “Gulsan Transport” logistics company whose headquarters is located near Turkey’s border with Syria, Kemal Gul, said that the passage of goods transported by land was prevented.

According to the agency, Gul added that the pandemic gave the Saudi authorities an excuse to restrict the arrival of Turkish goods. “We have not encountered such problems with Iran or Iraq, and it seems to me that they will hinder sea transport now,” Gul added.

Gul, who is also a member of the board of directors of the Turkish National Transport Association, stated that he receives frequent complaints about this issue from other logistical companies.

However, the International Communication Center of the Saudi government said that “the responsible authorities in the Kingdom have not imposed any restrictions on Turkish goods and that bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and Turkey has not witnessed any significant decrease.”

Saudi Arabia ranks 15th in the list of the largest Turkish export markets, with sales led by carpets, textiles, chemicals, grains, furniture and steel, 1.91 billion dollars in the first eight months of this year, and this represents a decrease of 17% from 2019, although some of this decrease is attributed to To the Corona epidemic that hit global trade, however, Saudi statistics show that the value of Turkish imports has already been declining every year since 2015.

These developments come against the background of great tension in political relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia due to several cases, especially the killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, on October 2, 2018, in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

Source: “Bloomberg” + agencies

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