Turkey’s services exports rose gradually, hitting $33.8 billion in 2018, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data on Thursday.

“Services exports were $27.6 billion in 2016, it increased by 12.4% in 2017 to $31.0 billion, and it increased by 9.0% to $33.8 billion in 2018,” TurkStat said in a statement.

Transportation services had the highest share in services exports with $24.7 billion or 73% share in 2018.

The country’s services imports also surged during the same period to $23.3 billion.

More than half of Turkey’s services imports and exports were with its main trading partner EU with a share

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