Egypt's Turmoil Batters Turkey's Exports

Goods headed for the Persian Gulf are held up in Egypt
A container ship heads south in the Suez Canal toward Suez, Egypt, on Apr. 6 Photograph by Kristian Helgesen/Bloomberg

Turkey sells one-fifth of its exports to customers in the Middle East, and its reliance on that market has tripled in the past decade. Now the civil war in Syria and strife in Egypt are putting that growth in jeopardy. Turkish trucks used to reach the Persian Gulf via Syria, but the civil war shut that route down. The solution was to ship trucks in specialized vessels nicknamed ro-ros (for roll on/roll off) to Egyptian ports. There the trucks drive off the vessels and go on their way.

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