Turkey's largest container port Mersin International Port has become the first port in the country to exceed the 2 million TEU mark in a single year.MIP General Manager Johan Van Daele said "This achievement is a first for Turkey. Turkey, like many other countries, was hit hard by the Covid pandemic. MIP's first priority in this crisis was to protect the health and safety of its employees and port users. Notwithstanding the many safety measures taken, MIP has succeeded in continuing to offer its customers the best possible service. Despite the initial volume decline at the start of the pandemic, MIP has managed to make a rapid recovery in the second half of the year, alongside Turkey's rising export figures, and linked to that, the impact of the increasing requirement for raw materials.”
Mersin International Port Management INC, which was established as a partnership between Akfen Holding and PSA International, took over TCDD Mersin Port Management for a period of 36 years on May 11, 2007. Turkey's largest container port, MIP, has become even stronger thanks to its three shareholding partners, with IFM Investors becoming its newest shareholder in 2017.
Mersin International Port is connected via railways and highways with Turkey's industrialized cities, such as Ankara, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kahramanmara$ and Konya, and with bordering countries such as Syria, Iraq and Iran. It is one of the main container ports in the Mediterranean Region, with its transit and hinterland connections with the Middle East and the Black Sea. Mersin International Port meets a significant portion of Turkey's import and export volumes with its vast hinterland, accessible transportation opportunities and qualified human resources.