KONYA IN LOGISTICS
Located in Middle Anatolia, Konya has been a vivid trade centre. Historically being the focus point of investment, Konya takes its place as an important city for logistics and global trade.
Konya is the largest province of Turkey with its 41.001 km2 area and 7th most populated with 2.161.303 according to 2016 data.
The province of Konya is over the Turkish averages in both industrial and agricultural efficiency. Presence of advanced trade and financial institutions, experience in foreign trade and relations, railway connection to ports and a developed organised industrial zone are indicators of a strong trade infrastructure. From this point, Konya is contributing a great deal to Turkish economy.
Konya is located on both north-south and east-west axes in international transport corridors. Also with the presence of advanced academic institutions, science centre, organised industrial zones and influent and cooperative NGOs are advantages of Konya.
According to State Railways data, with the activation of Konya Logistics Village, it is aimed that current transportation capacity of 634.000 tons/year will increase to 1.679.000 tons/year. The plan is to transport goods and raw materials that are crucial for Konya industry and agriculture. The competitiveness of these products will be possible with said logistics opportunities.
The services to be presented in Konya Logistics Village can be summed up as:
Transition between transportation modes
Availability of intermodal transfers and operations
Providing services for loading, unloading, handling and weighing.
Providing services for storage and warehousing.
Providing customs and parking services.
Peripheral services to be provided are: security, maintenance, client Office spaces, showrooms, meeting/conference rooms, catering facilities, commutation, banks, post Office, extra storage and warehousing, etc.
1. HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION
Konya hosts a large fleet of lorries, holding an important place in Turkey. 25 of the firms having C2 certification in Turkey are in Konya and looking at the distribution of warrants given out by regional directorates of transportation , Ankara Directorate holds the 3rd place in Turkey with 10,32% of all warrants.
One of the main reasons of the increase in transportation quality is the construction of dual carriageways in recent years. The total length of dual carriageways in Turkey is 19.066 km, while Konya has 869 km according to General Directorate of Highways data.
2. RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION
Railway transportation from Karaman reaches to Izmir and Istanbul through Konya and to Kurtalan through Adana. Rail bus trips between Konya and Karaman is present every day. The first phase of Konya-Karaman-Ulukışla-Yenice-Adana High Speed Train Project is being constructed between Konya and Karaman and it's about to be finished.
High speed train trips are available for Konya-İstanbul, Konya-Ankara and Konya-Eskişehir.
Railroad network connects Konya to Afyon directly and then splits into several axes to Aegean and Marmara regions to the west. To the east, the railroad reaches Ulukışla directly and then splits into Niğde-Kayseri and Yenice-Mersin lines, therefore enabling cargo transportation to Mersin Port. It is planned that, by 2023 the construction of Konya-Taşucu line and the renovation of Konya-Mersin line will be finished.
3. AIRWAY TRANSPORTATION
Konya Airport has entered into service in 2000 and is 18 kms away from the city centre. A new terminal building was completed in 2014 and has 23.640 km2 of area.
Konya Airport is one of the cargo airports as well. 8.371 tons of cargo was transported through the airport in 2013. Regarding the number planes, 721 planes arrived to and/or departed from Konya while the number of planes for domestic lines is 2.050.
4. WALO (WEST ANATOLIA LOGISTICS ORGANISATION)
WALO enables Turkish exports to be transported to Europe, CIS and Scandinavia, but also the imported raw materials and goods from Europe to reach Middle East and Arabian Peninsula through Hejaz line and to Far East through Silk Road line. Cargo transported from 14 loading centres (one being Konya), is collected in two cargo merging centres (Bandırma and Tekirdağ), separated in accord to their destinations and transported to logistics villages in Europe.
10 Reasons to Invest in Logistics Sector.
· Geographical accessibility ,
· Ability to reach Europe and Middle East with railways,
· Airways transportation possibility of goods produced in Konya,
· High speed train connection to İsanbul, Ankara and Eskişehir,
· Transportation to Mersin Port with railroad and dual carriageways in 4 hours.
· Increasing export potential of Konya,
· Konya-Antalya and Konya-Adana High Speed Projects to be completed by 2023,
· Ability to reach European markets through WALO,
· Logistics village,
· Needs for modern storage facilities.