"For our last big job to Iraq, we organized the transportation of 750 tons of material with 14 vehicles," reports Mehmet Sakaroglu, Director Land freight and Logistics division at a. hartrodt Turkey Lojistik. The Istanbul office specializes in project cargo, and Mehmet Sakaroglu and his team of four road transportation specialists "want to increase our volume in the truck product." According to him, about 60 percent of Turkey’s total foreign trade volume is with European countries. "We are trying to expand our share in this market," he explains.
Customs organization in Turkey and Iraq
The Middle Corridor between Europe and the Far East runs as an overland route through Turkey. "Since we are outside the EU customs union, we have an excellent knowledge of customs and warehousing, including for the Commonwealth of Independent States or Iraq," Mehmet Sakaroglu says. As one of the biggest advantages for customers, he points out: "We have our own customs organization in both Turkey and Iraq."
LTL transports via Istanbul or Mersin
For Full Truck Load and Less than Truckload (LTL) as well as project transportation, a. hartrodt offers door-to-door services including customs clearance with reliable partners from Turkey and the Balkans. The team also supports the European network: "LTL from Genoa to Erbil is transferred via Istanbul or Mersin." While a. hartrodt Turkey primarily serves customers with textiles or fast-moving consumer goods with LTL, intermodal transports are offered for heavy tonnages such as plastics or ceramics. Mehmet Sakaroglu points to the Roadex product: "With this, we supply automotive customers by minivan directly to the production line."
In the future, he wants to provide regular LTL services with Italy, Germany and Benelux countries. "We want to work more closely with our network, using our warehouse and distribution organization in Europe more effectively," he says. A new office in Bursa is also planned.