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Tunisia: imports down 17% in October

Tunisia’s imports posted a decrease of 17.5% in October compared to the same month in 2019, against a drop of 19% in September, to 4.4 billion dinars, compared to 5.4 billion in October 2019, according to data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

This decrease is mainly due to lower purchases of energy products (-47.5%), mining and phosphate products (-52.5%), capital goods (-30%), raw materials and semi-finished products (-3.5%) and consumer goods (-6.4%), it said.

According to the geographical breakdown, the decrease in imports results from the drop in the country’s purchases from its main European partners, mainly France (-27.8%) and Italy

(-29.1%).

The same trend is observed with Libya (-26.7%), Algeria (-45.2%) and Morocco (-6%).

Imports fell by 20.9% over the first 10 months of the year, compared to the same period of the previous year, to 42.1 billion dinars.

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