Demirtas said a similar scheme was under consideration for trade with Russia , where some problems with the shuttle trade, also known as the "suitcase trade," was experienced in the past. The suitcase trade refers to commodity and money exchange in which Russians bring goods in suitcases and sell them in certain marketplaces in Turkey before purchasing Turkish products to sell in their own markets upon their return. Demirtas also warned against the potential adverse effect of the recently surfaced allegations into the involvement of corruption and bribery in Turkeyís gold trade with Iran . After the operation, they had to cancel their last trip to Iran as part of the barter project, yet the bilateral trade should be preserved amid the claims, he said. Turkey and Iranís gold-for-gas trade is at the focus of corruption allegations that are hitting the Turkish government. Iranian-born Azeri businessman Reza Zarrab is alleged to have conducted the trade while two former ministers, Zafer Caglayan and Muammer Guler , and their sons, who are still under arrest, are accused of aiding him in return for bribes. In order to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iran , Turkey has been paying for the natural gas it buys from the country by selling gold to it in return for Turkish Liras. BOOMING ME AIRLINES Middle East carriers emerged the strongest performers with 16.5 per cent growth in demand for air freight in November 2013 over the same month in the previous year, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reports said. The Iata figures showed a 6.1 per cent global growth in demand (measured in freight tonne kilometres, or FTK). Novemberís performance is an improvement on the 4.4 per cent year-on-year demand expansion recorded in October. This continues an improvement trend in the weak air cargo markets which has been developing over 2013. Middle Eastern carriers reported the strongest performance with a 16.5 per cent year-on-year growth in demand for November 2013 over the previous year. Carriers in the Middle East have benefited from improvements in advanced economies, including better demand in Europe , as well as solid economic and trade growth in the Gulf area. The trend is likely to continue with indicators showing record high export orders in the UAE , which bodes well for continued growth in the regionís trade volumes. All regions reported growth except for Latin America and Africa . Significantly, Asia-Pacific carriers, who account for some 40 per cent of the market, reported 4.9 per cent growth, more than doubling the 1.8 per cent growth of October. "The November results are encouraging - particularly for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region . This good news is largely being driven by improving economic prospects in China along with an overall boost on Asian trade routes. The uptick is a welcome development in a weak performing market. Overall volumes, when adjusted for seasonality, are still below the peaks reached in 2010 and 2011," said Tony Tyler , Iataís Director General and CEO. Asia-Pacific carriers saw cargo demand grow by 4.9 per cent in November compared to November 2012 . This is up from the 1.8 per cent year-on-year growth recorded in October. The expansion was fueled by a rebound in Asian trade volumes and the improving Chinese economy. Stronger demand for Asian manufactured consumer goods in North America and Europe has also supported the rise in Asian trade and air freight volumes. European airlines reported a demand expansion of eight per cent in November compared to a year earlier. North American carriers reported a 2.5 per cent year-on-year improvement in freight demand.
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