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Tunisia: industrial sector exports faring well

Exports from the industrial sector rose from 9,339.3 MD during the first four months of 2017 to 12,135.7 MD in the same period of 2018, posting an increase of 29.9%.

The industrial sector has imported for 14,823.9 MD during the first four months of 2018 against 12,411.1 MD during the same period 2017, growing 19.4%.

Thus, the commercial balance of the industrial sector stands at -2,688.2 MD against -3,071.8 MD during the same period of 2017. This is apparent from the economic note published by the APII.

The increase recorded in exports is mainly due to the agri-food industries whose exports reached 1,552.9 MD, against 673.9 MD during the first four months of 2017, up 130.4%.

The exports of the building materials, ceramic and glass sector also went up from 157.0 MD to 211.4 MD during the first four months of 2018 (+ 34.6%).

Similarly, exports of the mechanical and electrical industries sector increased by 23.6% from 4,800.2 MD to 5,931.8 MD during the first four months of 2018.

The sector of textile and clothing industries did the same with exports of the order 2,464.2 MD against 1994.2 MD during the first four months of 2017, up 23.6%.

The same goes for the leather and footwear industries, whose exports rose 31.8% to 523.2 MD vs. 397.1 MD in the first four months of 2017.

Similarly, exports of the various industries sector rose 30.5% with 890.4 MD against 682.4 MD during the first four months of 2017.

Industrial imports increased for all sectors. These increases range from 7.9% for the agri-food industry to 28.3% for the miscellaneous industry sector.

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