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DOW FREIGHT, Britain's biggest self-drive European haulier, is planning its first scheduled lorry service direct to Turkey.
The company is carrying out feasibility surveys into a once weekly service, planned to leave Dow Freight's headquarters at Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire, every Sunday.
Director John Dowsett, who heads the European trailer divi sion, said: "We believe there is a demand from British manufacturers for a guaranteed departure for deliveries to Turkey.
"No-one else does such a scheduled service into Turkey,
although there are similar ser
vices to other countries," said Mr Dowsett. "The Turkish mar ket is expanding rapidly and re cent restrictions on imports are being lifted to the point where Turkey has become a very attractive market to British manufacturers."
The build-up of trade with Turkey has been approached with caution by Dow Freight, which had its fingers burnt when the Turkish economy collapsed eight years ago. At that time around 80 per cent of the company's business was with Turkey.
"We feel it is going to be one of the best markets available for transport," he said. "Turkey has massive potential. The Government seems to be treating busi ness right and the whole country is obviously gearing up to build its own manufacturing industry."
Motor spares have always been the biggest money spinning commodity for Dow Freight on its Turkish run. It was Ford which first put Dow Freight on the road to Turkey ten years ago with between six and eight truck loads a week of spare parts.