The Sousse port’s trade activities saw a 13% rise in the overall cargo traffic in the first half of 2021, compared to 2020, data published Wednesday by the Office of the Merchant Navy and Ports (French: OMMP) showed.
Exports edged up 21% due to the 19% rise in sand exports (over 43 thousand tons), salt (+173%, 33 thousand tons) and gravel (+81%).
However, commodity exports through the port posted a 44% drop (-33 thousand tons).
Imports also saw a 7% rise, mainly caused by the 68% increase in grain exports (over 46 thousand tons), vegetable oil (+62%, over 10 thousand tons) and containers (+5%, over 8 thousand tons).
On the other hand, iron imports dropped by about 11% (-20 thousand tons).
Merchant vessels traffic posted a 12% growth in H1 of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.