British businesses to benefit as UK launches new trade talks with Türkiye

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The UK has launched talks with Türkiye on a new, modernised trade deal.

  • UK launches talks with Türkiye on a trade deal targeted at the UK’s strengths as a services superpower
  • Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch launched negotiations in London alongside Turkish Trade Minister
  • UK negotiation objectives focused on creating new opportunities for UK businesses in Türkiye’s growing market of 85 million people

The UK launches talks with Türkiye on a new, modernised trade deal targeting the services sector set to benefit businesses across the country.

There are huge opportunities as Türkiye has one of the fastest growing economies in the OECD and is home to 85 million people. The UK and Türkiye have a strong economic relationship, with trade between the two worth almost £26 billion in 2022.

The new trade deal will replace our current one, which was largely negotiated in the 1990s. It will focus on the UK’s strengths in services, which make up 80% of GDP. In 2020, 57,000 UK jobs were supported by exports to Türkiye – 68% of which were in services.

Türkiye presents significant opportunities for British businesses, particularly in transport, engineering, financial services, manufacturing and tech, driven in part by Türkiye’s decarbonisation efforts and significant investment in rail.

It’s the latest step in a UK trade strategy targeting trade pacts to boost our services industry exports – including ongoing negotiations with Mexico and South Korea, and MoUs with major US states including Florida and Texas.

The Trade Secretary launched the talks in London today alongside her Turkish counterpart Minister for Trade Ömer Bolat.

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said:

“I’m delighted to be launching trade negotiations with Turkey – an important economic and strategic partner to the UK.

“We already have a thriving trade relationship that will only get stronger with a new, modernised trade deal that is fit for the 21st Century.

“An upgraded deal will give the UK’s world-leading services sector a competitive edge in this growing market and has the potential to support jobs across the UK.”

The UK is the second biggest services exporter in the world – behind only the US – but services only made up 27% of our exports to Türkiye in 2022. The new trade deal could see a huge boost in UK services exports to Türkiye.

It could also give British consumers improved choice and better access to imported Turkish goods such as nuts, bulgar wheat and tomatoes.

UK businesses such as Deloitte, Diageo and Vodafone have helped to shape negotiation objectives through the public Call for Input, with the first round of negotiations due to take place in the summer.

Attending the launch of new trade negotiations between the UK and Turkiye, BCC Head of Trade Policy, William Bain, said:

“These negotiations can provide a real opportunity to secure a forward-looking free trade agreement with Turkiye, capable of boosting growth far beyond what’s possible under the current terms.

“Business wants negotiators to agree ambitious provisions on services market access, business travel, digital trade and investment links. The aim should be to grow our bilateral trade overall, but with a particularly strong focus on services.”

More information on the launch of negotiations can be found here.

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