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Tunisia: foreign trade at constant prices edges down at end of April 2020 (INS)

Tunisia’s foreign trade in volume (constant price) recorded a 20% drop in exports and 22.3% decrease in imports in the first four months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to the note on “foreign trade at constant price”, published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Thursday, April 21, 2020.

Tunisia’s foreign trade in current values reached 12,521.1 million dinars (MD) in exports and 17,365.8 MD in imports, at the end of April 2020, posting a drop of about 20.6% in exports and 21.5% in imports, compared to the same period of the year 2019,

The INS specified that the fall in volume of exports has affected most of the sectors, essentially, the textiles, clothing and leather sector (-32.9%) and the mechanical and electrical industries sector (-25.9%).

In addition, exports of agricultural and food products and products from the energy and lubricants sector went up by 14.3% and 9.9% in volume, respectively, compared to the same period in 2019.

Concerning imports, their volume saw a decrease in all sectors, particularly the mechanical and electrical industries (-27.8%), as well as the textiles, clothing and leather sector (-29.7%).

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