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Tunisia: export seafood products post sharp increase, revenues not

Exports of fishery products reached about 27 thousand tons, worth 527.4 million dinars (MD), which represents a 33% increase in volume, but only 2.5% in value, at the end of 2018, compared to 2017.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries said this improvement is the result of increased exports of sea bream, crabs, octopus and canned tuna and shrimp and aquaculture products.

As for the geographical distribution of Tunisia’s customers, Italy is at the top of the list with 35.6% of exports (more than 1/3 of the total), followed by Spain (19.6%), Malta (14.4%), Libya (6.2%) and Jordan (4.1%).

Earnings of these exports in foreign currency covered the imports and generated a positive balance of 278 MD in 2018 compared to 250 MD in 2017, up 11%.

Tunisia’s imports in fishery products were close to 45 thousand tons, worth 248.6 thousand dinars in 2018, compared to 29.5 thousand tons, worth 160 thousand dinars in 2017.


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