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Tunisia: rise of trade exchanges in first 10 months of 2011

Tunisia’s external trade exchanges reached, during the first ten months of 2011, a value worth 20,952.4 million dinars (MTD) for exports and 27, 887.2 MTD for imports.

Exports increased by 8.8% during the first ten months of 2011, while imports climbed by 6.1%, compared with the same period of 2010, said the National Statistics Institute (INS) in a statement released Thursday.

According to the same source, the coverage rate reached 75.1%, i.e., a 1.8-percentage-point rise, compared with the same period of 2010.

INS explains that this rise is the result of the increase of exports of agricultural produce and food industries (42.4%), electrical industries (25.2%) and textile and leather (7.5%). The exports of phosphate and by-products fell by 34.8%.

As regards imports, the growth registered is resulting, according to the INS, from the rise of imports of the agricultural produce and basic food products (31.3%), energy products (30.9%) and semi-finished products (8.7%).

Concerning imports of equipment and mineral and phosphate products, they posted declines of about 9.5% and 5%, respectively.

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