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Tunisia: exports down 10% in August

Tunisia’s exports fell by 10.1% year-on-year in August 2020 (against -13% in July), according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

In value, export of goods amounted to 2.53 billion dinars, against 2.82 billion in August 2019 (-284 million dinars).

This decrease affected mainly the energy sector (-66.1%), the mining sector, phosphates and derivatives (-62.5%) and the mechanical and electrical industries (-3%).

On the other hand, exports of the textile-clothing and leather sector went up by 14.7% and those of the agriculture and agri-food industries sector increased by 4.8%.

Furthermore, the breakdown by country shows a decline in sales to the country’s main European partners, mainly France (-1.4%), Germany (-19.5%) and Italy (-19.4%).

The same trend is observed towards some Arab countries such as Libya (-19.5%) and Morocco (-3.3%).

On the other hand, exports to Egypt increased by 96.5% in August while those to Algeria grew by 7.7%.


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