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Production not affected, says Turkish apparel association

The Turkish apparel industry is continuing to fulfil orders and commitments despite the failed coup attempt at the weekend and continuing unrest in the country, the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) has said.

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The apparel sector in Turkey accounts for export sales worth $17bn (£13bn) and is the world’s eighth and the EU’s third biggest supplier.

“The Turkish apparel industry has overcome many crises successfully and its 35,000 companies including 14,000 exporters continue to perform manufacturing and exporting activities without any problem,” said Hikmet Tanriverdi, chairman of IHKIB.

“Also our government announced the necessary economic measures that will be imposed by Central bank on July 17. Turkish finance markets are operating stably and all Turkish companies are working with great responsibility to meet the demands of their partners.

“Thus, in our country there is not any economic, financial or customs clearance problem which would affect production and export processes.”

Tanriverdi said the organisation’s main objective “in this challenging period” is to further advance co-operation and synergy with the industry’s business partners and encouraged customers and buyers to get information directly from their partners and sector organisations to ensure they are not misinformed.

“We kindly thank you for your support and co-operation,” he added.

Earlier this week, retailers and suppliers expressed concerns over the safety of their workers in Turkey as a result of the social unrest that followed a failed coup at the weekend.

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