Turkey’s exports amounted to $180.46 billion, up 2.04%, compared to last year, the country’s trade minister said on Friday.

Ruhsar Pekcan said that, despite all the hurdles in 2019, Turkey once again broke records in exports hitting a historical high.

“Last year, imports decreased by 8.99% to reach $210.4 billion,” she noted, adding foreign trade deficit decreased by 44.9% from $54.3 billion to $29.9 billion dollars.

Foreign trade made a record contribution of 4.7 points to growth, the largest contribution seen in 18 years in Turkey.

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