Tunisia’s external trade in volume terms (constant price) recorded an increase in export of around 8.8% and a stagnation in import at the end of May 2018, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
In terms of prices, they went up by 17.1% for exports and 19.3% for imports. Excluding energy, prices rose by 16.6% and imports by 21.1%.
In fact, during the first five months of the current year, energy prices posted increases of around 28.1% for exports and 3.5% for imports.
At the end of May 2018, exports by volume grew by 76.6% for the agriculture and agri-food industries and by 3.1% for the energy sector compared to the same period the previous year.
In addition, exports of the mining, phosphates and derivatives sector fell in volume by around 17.5%.
In terms of imports, the volume trend is marked by an increase in the energy and lubricant sector of around 29.1%, compared to a decline in the agriculture and food processing industries sectors by 5.6%, and phosphate, mines and derivatives by 14.9%.
Tunisia’s external trade in current values reached 17 billion dinars in export and 23.6 billion in imports in the first five months of the year, recording respective rises of 27.5% and 19.3%, compared to the same period of 2017.