Turkey holds leading positions in global textiles markets thanks to the novelty and technological effectiveness of the machinery with which the country’s textile factories are equipped. The quality of Turkish products can be compared to that of famous Italian textiles. However, the cost of Turkish material is much more affordable than similar European options. Hence there is global interest in textiles “Made in Turkey.”
“Thanks to the stable development of the Turkish textiles industry, the transport of textiles and fabrics has become one of AsstrA Istanbul’s core business offerings,” says Elena Firsova, Turkey Region Country Manager and Istanbul Branch Manager at AsstrA.
“To help clients get their textiles delivered safe and on time, we have an on-the-ground presence in Turkey and have an R2 transport license.”
AsstrA experts carefully consider the specifics of customers’ cargo and scheduling requirements to ensure timely delivery. When being shipped, knitting and knitted fabrics, felt and lint, carpets and floor coverings, tissue and yarn all require various packaging methods and different types of transport.
High humidity, extreme temperatures, and improper packaging can negatively affect the consumer properties of textiles. That’s why these products are packaged in paper or polyethylene film which protects against crumpling and contamination. The AsstrA team monitors packaging and shipping compliance at every stage of transportation to ensure that textiles arrive undamaged.
“Textile materials are not perishable products. However, we have had several cases involving clients with last-minute deadlines. High-speed textile product deliveries with two drivers are possible for when our clients are creating new collections or maintaining stocks during sales, for example,” says Elena Firsova.
Some of the top global buyers and connoisseurs of Turkish textiles and related products are located in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Germany and Ukraine. During the first eight months of 2019, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Poland were the main destinations for AsstrA clients’ shipments of Turkish knitwear, textiles, and other similar products.
When exporting textiles from Turkey, our customers opt for road transport 87% of the time. 6% of textile shipments go by sea, and the remaining few by air or rail. Other AsstrA service offerings include multimodal scheme planning, door-to-door deliveries, cargo insurance, as well as trade, warehousing, and customs support.
“Do customers trust AsstrA? The numbers say it all. We are currently processing three times more export transactions than in 2017, when our office opened in Istanbul. AsstrA Lojistik Türkiye continues to develop and gain a stronger foothold in the market. The range of transported products has significantly increased. Large textile exporters have became our steady customers. We continue to set further ambitious goals for the development and expansion of our client base. We aim to increase AsstrA's share of this product segment’s logistics market,” says Gural Vyacheslav, AsstrA Asia Region Director.