The 2.5% fall in Tunisia’s imports in the first two months of 2019 reported by INS is mainly due to the drop in imports of capital goods by -11.5%, raw materials and semi-finished products by -6.3% and consumer goods by -3.6%.
On the other hand, imports of the energy sector posted a 20.3% increase under the effect of the rise in purchases of refined products (283.7MD).
As for imports, the trade of goods with the European Union (49.8% of total imports) recorded a 7.5% drop to reach 4,939.8 MD. Imports decreased by 12.2% with France and by 15.1% with Italy.
On the other hand, the trade balance showed a deficit of 2,319 MD following the deficit recorded with some countries such as China (-958.8 MD), Turkey (-453.2 MD), Algeria (-373.4 MD), Russia (-158.6 MD) and Italy (114.2 MD).
The trade balance recorded a surplus with other countries mainly with France (687.2 MD), Germany (245.2 MD), Libya (234.9 MD) and Morocco (84.1 MD).