REPORT: Saudi Arabia To Ban All Imports From Turkey
The ban on importing Turkish goods is another blow to Turkey's already crippled economy.
Saudi Arabia has unofficially banned the imports of all Turkish products, the leading Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet reported.
According to the report, any product with a “Made in Turkey” stamp will be banned from entering Saudi Arabia from the 1st of October.
The ban on importing Turkish goods is another blow to Turkey’s already crippled economy.
وقّع التجار المستوردون من تركيا في الأسابيع الأخيرة تعهدات لوزارة التجارة بعدم الاستيراد مجدداً من السوق التركي، بعد أن استدعتهم وعملت معهم جلسات تحقيقية بسيطة وأبلغتهم برغبة الوزارة بعدم الاستيراد ثم وقعوا على التعهدات.
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According to the Turkish newspaper Dünya, the Saudi government has contacted individual businesses and demanded them not to trade with Turkish businesses or buy any products manufactured in Turkey.
The authorities added they would impose fines on any company that ignores the order.
👇ومن لهم استثمار كبير في تركيا أمروا بتوكيل من يبيع استثماراتهم وإعادة الأموال للبلد ومنعوا من السفر وسجن من تلكأ في "التعاون"
والمحظوظون خارج البلد صودرت املاكهم في الداخل وبعضهم حاول التخلص منها قبل المصادرة وباعها بـ"تراب الفلوس" https://t.co/DV1WC2ceO2
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“Our buyers got used to Turkish products; they were satisfied. Nonetheless, they cannot buy our goods anymore. They say send them to us through a third country.” The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet cited a Turkish businessman, who spoke on the term of anonymity, as saying.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are very troubled, especially as exports from southeastern provinces such as Gaziantep, Diyarbakır, and Hatay come to a halt.”
Last year, Saudi Arabia stopped importing textiles and perishable food from Turkey, leaving hundreds of Turkish trucks carrying these goods stranded on Saudi Arabia’s borders.
The trucks were only allowed in after Turkish diplomats’ intervention, and no further imports of these items were permitted.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has begun a campaign to discourage its citizens from traveling to Turkey.
The kingdom’s media has labeled Turkey as an unsafe location due to ‘rising petty crime aimed at Saudi citizens and gun violence.’
The number of Saudi tourists coming to Turkey dropped 17% last year.
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