The textile and clothing sector recorded a coverage rate of 141% over the first seven months in 2014, with exports increasing slightly (+2.25%) to 3,274 million Tunisian dinars (MTD) and imports growing 6.38% to 2,313.84 MTD, according to the monthly analysis of the textile and clothing sector, issued by the technical Centre for Textile.
But the picture is less rosy if we account for Tunisia’s trade in Euros.
Indeed, exports are valued at € 1,471 million, down 3.27% and imports to € 1,040.4 million (+ 0.79%).
Exports are mainly driven by sales of warp and weft (2,118.5 MTD, up 3.43%) and knitwear (714.2 MTD down 1.1%).
Major customers of Tunisia were the United Kingdom (21.5%), Spain (+ 8.46%), the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and France.
Imports included mainly fabrics (108.61 MTD, + 4.87%) and clothing (81.07 MTD, + 16.53%) and yarns (46.72 MTD), which shows again the low level of integration of the textile and clothing sector, which is one of the major export sectors of the country.
The main suppliers of Tunisia are Italy (+ 5.08%), France (+4.3%), Turkey (+ 1.87%), China (13.8%), Germany, Belgium.