Located in the Central Anatolia Region of Türkiye, Konya is a lively trade point of the Central Anatolia Region. Konya, which has become the focal point of many commercial investments from the past to the present, has taken its place as an important trade and logistics center, especially in the Central Anatolia Region, in today's global trade.
Located on a total area of 41,001 km2, Konya is the seventh largest city in Türkiye with a population of 2,232,374 according to 2019 data.
Konya province is above Türkiye averages in terms of productivity indicators in both industry and agricultural production. The development of commercial and financial institutions (banking and finance sector) in the province, experience in foreign relations, connection to the port by rail and the existence of the Organized Industrial Zone show that Konya Province has a strong commercial infrastructure. In this respect, Konya makes a significant contribution to the Turkish economy with the logistics services it provides both in foreign trade and in the domestic market.
Konya has an important place in terms of its geographical location on both the North-South and East-West axes within the scope of International Transport Corridors. In addition, its university, science center, technocity, organized industrial zones, active non-governmental organizations and the developing cooperation between these institutions are a plus for Konya.
Konya Logistics Center
According to TCDD data, with the commissioning of Konya Logistics Center, it is aimed to increase the current transportation amount of 634,000 tons/year for Konya to 1.679,000 tons/year. It is planned to transport important products and products for Konya industry and agriculture from Konya Logistics Center. The competitiveness of these products in national and international markets in terms of price, speed and quality will be possible with the said logistics.
In order to ensure the active use of the logistics village to be established in the Konya Organized Industrial Zone and the area close to other organized industrial zones and industries, to encourage businesses to use the logistics village, and to facilitate the transportation of other products, especially heavy industry products, produced in Konya Organized Industrial Zone. The Organized Industrial Zone should allow for optimum use.
The services to be provided with the commissioning of Konya Logistics Center can be summarized as follows:
1. ROAD TRANSPORTATION
Konya has a strong truck fleet that has an important place in Türkiye. On the other hand, it is seen that there has been a noticeable increase in the divided road works, which can be seen as one of the most important data in increasing the quality of transportation, in Türkiye in recent years. So that; At the beginning of 2020, it is seen that a total of 22,644 km of divided roads serve throughout Türkiye. In Konya, the total length of divided roads is 1122 km (KGM 2020).
It is possible to reach 10 million people in 3 hours and 80% of Türkiye's population in 6 hours by highways.
2. RAIL TRANSPORTATION
There are daily railbus services between Konya and Karaman.
Konya-Istanbul, Konya-Ankara and Konya-Eskişehir high-speed train lines have been built and there are regular trips. It takes 1 hour 50 minutes from Konya to Eskişehir and Ankara, and 4 hours and 15 minutes to Istanbul.
The works for the establishment of Konya Logistics Center with a total area of 1 million square meters are continuing. The fact that the railways enter the Logistics Center to be established is an important advantage for multimodal transportation. The railway connection is direct up to Afyon in the west and divides into many axis towards the Aegean and Marmara after Afyon. In this way, freight transportation to Mersin Port can be made.
It is planned to complete the construction of the Konya-Taşucu line and the renewal of the Konya-Ereğli-Mersin line by 2023.
3. AIR TRANSPORTATION
Konya Airport was put into service in 2000 and it is in the civil-military category and its distance to the city is 18 km. The new terminal building was completed in 2014 and has a closed area of 23,640 square meters. Konya Airport is also among the airports where cargo transportation is made.
4. BALO (Western Anatolian Logistics Organization)
PROM; Our country ensures that export goods are delivered to Europe, Former Eastern Bloc, Scandinavian and CIS countries. It ensures that the raw materials and semi-finished goods supplied from Europe are delivered to our country in the same way, and the products coming through Europe and transiting our country are transported to the Far East via the Hejaz railway line, the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula, silk and spices. Cargoes received from Konya, which is one of the 14 collection centers in Türkiye, are collected at two freight consolidation centers (Bandırma, Tekirdağ) on the Anatolian and European sides, by block and scheduled flights. Loads are sorted according to the cities they will go to and delivered to the logistics villages in European cities by block and scheduled flights.
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