That is, with one exception: Turkey. Turkey’s exports to Syria doubled in value from 2012 to 2013. In doing so the country supplanted China as the top exporter to Syria. And in 2014, despite hostile forces coming within a mile of the Turkish border, traders have found a market for their goods in Syria, most notably in July where exports spiked above USD 300 million.
The reason for this rise in Turkey-Syria trade appears to be food. Conflict has disrupted Syrian agriculture, and Turkish food suppliers, enticed by higher prices, have rushed to fill the void. They may be some of the only beneficiaries of the fighting.