Tırport, the logistics marketplace platform that started its operations in 2018, is among the 10 logistics technology companies in the world. In the next 5 years, the company aims to make 1.5 million trucks with Tırport in the logistics corridor stretching from Europe to China and Africa and to reach an annual turnover of over 6 billion dollars.
TIRPORT Chairman of the Board of Directors, who has been in the process of restructuring and has been providing consultancy to various actors in the logistics sector for many years through a global consultancy and project management company. Akın Arslan set out with the idea of a new marketplace initiative in 2014.
Knowing that the ownership of individual trucks is very high in Turkey, and that even Turkey’s leading logistics companies do most of their daily contracted transportation with trucks they find from shipping sites, Arslan decides to make the same model to bring together the owner and trucker, thus laying the foundations of TIRPORT.
Tırport, which is among the 10 logistics technology companies in the world at the point reached today, aims to make 1.5 million trucks with Tırport in the logistics corridor stretching from Europe to China and Africa in the next 5 years and to reach a turnover of over 6 billion dollars per year.
ACTIVITIES IN 10 COUNTRIES
He is looking for an investor at the seed stage, but unfortunately cannot find them because there is no investment in the idea in Turkey. In order to bring the business to life in 2015, it makes its own seed investment with the support of its close friends. He brings Tırport to life by taking Hakan Özçubukçu, a close friend from Kuleli Military High School, and Burcu Kale, whom he has worked with for many years and called ‘my right arm’, as founders. Stating that they rented their first office of 150 square meters and set out with a team of 8 people, Arslan said, “This journey has become a giant with more than 100 thousand member truckers, over 3 thousand member SMEs and big loaders, with which we travel today with approximately 80 people, operate in 7 languages and 10 countries. turned into an operation,” he says.
Aiming to operate in 10 languages in 20 countries in 2023, the company also plans to move its headquarters to the Netherlands next year. Stating that they will manage the Europe – Turkey – Near Asian traffic from the Netherlands, Arslan adds, “We foresee that we will enter 2025 with a global team of approximately 250 people.”
UNICORN PLAN IN 2025
In the next five years, the company; It aims to transform into a global digital network with over 1.5 million member truckers, managing more than 30 thousand transports per day, stretching from Europe to China and Africa. Emphasizing that the future contractors of the logistics business will be digital freight services and networks, Arslan underlines that Tırport is one of the leading technologies in this business in the world. Stating that the company, which works as a logistics marketplace, started its activities in 2018 after a 2.5-year development period with an incubation investment of approximately 2.4 million dollars funded by the founders, Arslan continues: We have come to these days by investing millions of dollars. In addition to individual investors; Re-Pie, Hedef Venture and European investment group Encore have institutional investors. We are planning a Series A investment round at the beginning of the second quarter of 2023. We aim to make Series A and B in 2023 and to be a unicorn in 2025.
When we come to the unicorn threshold, we plan to have over 1 million global trucker members, to serve over 20 thousand SMEs, and to work with the leading logistics companies and manufacturers in the region. We will also manage a turnover of over 2.5 million dollars a day,” he says.
930 THOUSAND TRUCKS ON THE ROADS
Turkey is the country with the highest road transport in Europe. There are around 930 thousand trucks of 16 tons and above on the roads in Turkey. About 550 thousand of them carry out commercial transportation as we know it. Also, while an average of 450 thousand FTL (Full Truck Load) is transported daily in Turkey, 300 thousand of the 450 thousand FTL cargo is met by individual truck owners in the spot market. Stating that approximately 300 thousand FTL of the daily outgoing cargo is SME cargo from OIZ and clustered production areas, Arslan says: “As there are no regular cargoes, they cannot have contracted transportation. Needs emerge in a short period of time, solutions are sought through instant brokers and intermediaries on shipping sites. With the great penetration it has reached in the field in 2 years, Tırport aims to spend 30 thousand daily transportation on the spot in the next 3 years, using its technologies, network and data processing power, on its own with the logic of Uber Freight.”
TARGETS TO BE DIGITAL HUB
The total market share of the 12 largest logistics companies operating in Turkey is only around 5 percent. Emphasizing that as Tırport, they plan to increase their market share to over 7.5 percent in the next few years, Arslan says that they are among the 3 leading logistics digital platforms in Europe. Arslan adds: “We care very much about the African market. We are far superior to our current competitors there, both in terms of technology and business model. We aspire to be Africa’s number one digital operator by 2025 with a Dubai-based operations management. As a result, we aim to become the most important digital hub in the region of logistics movement between Europe-China-Africa and become a marketplace, hosting more than 1.5 million international truckers.
”TURKEY HAS EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES”
“The Ukraine-Russia War is causing great damage to the trade between Europe and Russia and the Northern Logistics Corridor from China to Europe. Even if the war ends with a reconciliation in the near future, it will take at least 10 years for the damaged logistics axles to be repaired, for the psychology to improve and for the new balances to settle. This situation will make the Middle Logistics Corridor passing through Turkey much more strategic and valuable in the coming years. Land and railway lines extending to Europe via Azerbaijan, Iran, Georgia, and container sea lines coming through Samsun, İskenderun and Mersin can reach Europe very quickly via Turkey. Likewise, all logistics corridors from the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and Europe to Russia pass through Turkey. Turkey faces extraordinary opportunities. If Turkey can make good use of this opportunity, it can reach an economic size of 2.5 trillion dollars and an income of over 20 thousand dollars per person within 10 years.
“TRANSIT LOAD TRAFFIC CAN CALL 10 TIMES”
“In the next 5 years, transit freight traffic through Turkey could increase more than 10 times. South Asian and Chinese companies that make mass production and sell to European-African markets may prefer Turkey as their main production base for their production and semi-finished product assembly. Because investors can deliver a container produced in China for approximately 12 thousand dollars to Europe in 8-12 weeks, from Turkey for approximately 4 thousand or 5 thousand dollars, that is, almost half the price, to all parts of Europe in just 1 week. ”