The increase observed in Tunisia’s exports (+ 35.2%) in the first quarter of 2018 according to foreign trade figures for the first quarter of the current year concerns the majority of sectors.
Indeed, the energy sector saw a remarkable increase of 138.5%, following the rise in the country’s crude oil sales (516.9 MD vs. 173.1 MD), the agriculture and agro-food industries with a rate of 89.4% following the increase of Tunisia’s olive oil sales (776.9 MD against 233.6), dates (263.8 MD against 197.4 MD), the mechanical and electrical industries sector (26.6%), the textile and clothing and leather sector (26.7%) and the manufacturing sector (26.9%).
On the other hand, the mining, phosphates and derivatives sector recorded a 26.5% decrease, following the drop in Tunisia’s exports of DAP (39.8 MD against 134.6 MD).
The increase in imports of 21.3% is mainly due to the growth recorded in all sectors.
Energy imports rose by 37.4%, raw materials and semi-finished products by 28.4%, capital goods by 17.0% and the agricultural and food products sector by 9.3%. %.
On the other hand, the mining, phosphates and derivatives sector fell by 2.7%.
Non-energy imports increased 19.0%.