Free Trade Deals Help Turkey Avoid Fallout From Crisis
In 2008, exports to countries Turkey has deals with totaled USD 12 billion, and their share in the overall exports was ten percent. To date, Turkey has signed free trade agreements with 12 countries to harmonize with the European Union's preferential customs regimes within the scope of the Customs Union, according to the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade.
Talks on new free trade deals are currently underway with Lebanon, the Gulf Cooperation Council (which includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain), and MERCOSUR, a regional trade agreement between Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, the Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Mauritius, Seychelles and Libya. The aim is to complete the deals as soon as possible.
There are also initiatives to launch free trade talks with countries and blocs such as Algeria, Mexico, the Southern African Customs Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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