Turkish exporters skip freight containers for wooden boxes


Prompted by global logistics issues and shortage of containers, Turkish exporters have now turned to wooden boxes, instead of traditional freight containers for shipping their goods.

The rebound of trade from the coronavirus pandemic has been overshadowed by the ongoing shortage of shipping containers, as well as limited space in vessels, which has led to an unprecedented spike in cargo costs apart from pulling back manufacturers from filling fast-recovering global goods orders.

As a consequence thereof, Turkish exporters have now been compelled to look for other alternatives to combat the surge in prices so that they can fulfill their orders.

In what comes as a necessity amid the adversity, a Turkish marble firm has come up with wooden boxes , as it looked for ways to ship its goods to its main market, the United States.

The firm, which hails from western Turkey’s Denizli province, have recently shipped around 11 tons of processed marble to the U.S. via a bulk freighter in wooden boxes with a pallet-like design, marking the first time exports to the U.S. were made within wooden boxes, shared DN Mermer Chairperson Murat Yener.

This consignment would normally take 400 containers for transportation.

The company sells 90% of its marble production to more than 80 countries with three factories, two marble quarries and about 600 employees in Denizli.

“We are proving that Turkish marble is the best brand in the world with our showroom, warehouse and sales network established in the U.S., especially in Miami, and other countries,” said Mr Yener .

“The container crisis and rising shipping costs have made it difficult for us to compete with our competitors abroad,” he shared.

“Instead of a container ship, we made a groundbreaking application in the industry and made the shipment by bulk cargo ship”, he added.

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