The drop in Tunisia’s imports was accentuated in September. The country’s purchases went down 19% year-on-year, as against a 7.5% decrease in August to 4.4 billion dinars, according to data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) Monday.
This decrease is mainly due to the decline in purchases of energy products (-48.4%), mining and phosphate products (-35.2%), capital goods (-6.7%), raw materials and semi-finished products (-13.3%) and consumer goods (-13.7%), the INS explains.
According to the geographical breakdown, the decrease in imports is mainly due to the drop in the country’s purchases from its first European partners, such as France (-16.9%), Germany (-2.9%) and Italy (-10.3%).
The same trend was observed with Libya (-89.5%), Algeria (-47.7%) and Egypt (-63.8%). On the other hand, Tunisia’s imports from Morocco increased by 25.8%.