At constant prices (in volume), Tunisia’s imports fell by 4.5% while exports fell by 7.4% in January 2021 compared to the same month last year, said the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
The prices of traded products therefore posted a decline of 5.9% in imports and 0.6% at exports. Excluding energy, export prices fell by 6.7% and import prices by 6.1%.
The decline in export volumes affected most sectors in January 2021, mainly those of textiles-clothing and leather (-14%), mechanical and electrical industries (-3.4%) and mining, phosphates and derivatives (-61.8%). However, exports from the agriculture and food sector have increased in volume by 3.6%.
Concerning imports, the change in volume is marked by a decline in most sectors, particularly those of mechanical and electrical industries (-6.6%), textile-clothing and leather (-6.6%), as well as mining, phosphates and derivatives (-21.5%).
On the other hand, imports from the agriculture and agri-food sector as well as those from the energy and lubricants sector increased in volume by 5.2% and 3.9% respectively.