Turkey’s Mersin International Port Breaks a TEU Record


Mersin International Port became Turkey’s largest port with a record of 1.9 million TEUs in 2019.

Mersin was a small fishing village in 841, but today it is a major seaport located on the north-eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in southern Turkey. As one of the largest harbors in the country, it is Turkey’s main gateway to the Mediterranean Sea.

Developing parallel to the global port industry, Mersin International Port reached a 1.9 million TEU container business volume in 2019, increasing by 12 percent compared to the previous year. It set a record of being the first port to reach the 1.9 TEU container volume in the history of Turkey.

Today Mersin International Port accounts for 17% of the whole Turkish Cargo volume.

Mersin International Port is one of the largest container ports in the South of Turkey, serving the industrial cities in the region with a significant contribution to the country’s foreign trade. It is connected to all main ports around the world through over 20 shipping lines making regular calls.

The Mersin Free Zone

The Mersin Free Zone is adjacent to Mersin International Port and is connected through a passage within the port referred to as the “corridor”. The proximity of Mersin International Port to the Free Zone has a positive effect on cargo traffic and saves time for customers. Mersin International Port is the only port in Turkey connected to the Free Zone through a corridor.

Mersin International Port Railway Transportation

Mersin International Port is connected to Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kahramanmaras, Konya, Karaman, Ankara and other industrial cities as well as railway stations across the borders. Inside the port area there is also a four-lane railway terminal which provides container handling and transportation facilities.

Road Transportation

Mersin International Port is connected to all industrial cities through highways. Through efficient inland haulage, transportation to Middle Eastern countries can be provided.