Tunisia’s external trade in the first seven months of 2018 recorded a volume (constant price) increase of 5.9% in exports and 2.1% in imports, according to figures published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
In terms of prices, they increased by 16.4% for exports and 18.3% for imports.
In current values, Tunisia’s external trade reached 23.580 billion dinars for exports in the first seven months of 2018 and 33.526 billion dinars for imports, thus recording a rise in the order of 23.3% for exports and 20.8% for imports, compared to the same period of 2017.
Excluding energy, prices increased at export by 15.6% and at import by 19.4%.
In the first half of the current year, energy prices recorded increases of around 28.7% for exports and 8.3% for imports.
In the first seven months of 2018, exports by volume went up by 63.7% for the agriculture and agri-food sector, compared to the same period of the previous year.
In addition, exports by volume fell in mining, phosphates and derivatives in the order of 10.3% and 15.0% for the energy sector.