The value of Tunisia’s fruit exports has increased by 51.9 million dinars, between 2021 and 2022 (9 months), to 135.6 MD, according to data collected by TAP news agency, from the Interprofessional Group of Fruits (GIFruits).
According to the statistics of the Group, at the end of September, the quantities exported have also risen from 34,500 tons in 2021, to 53,200 tons this year.
Libya is at the top of the list of importing countries, since it captures the lion’s share of the country’s fruit exports, rising from 45.6 MD (27,000 tons) in 2021 to 92,000 (43,600 tons).
It is followed by far by Italy, which imports from Tunisia fruit worth 13.8 MD (6,000 tons).
However, the value of national exports is falling to some traditional markets such as the United Arab Emirates (down to 9.8 MD, for 793 tons), Kuwait (5 MD for 399 tons) and Qatar (4 MD).
This decline is explained by GIFruits by the increase in the cost of air transport, over the past two years.
Tunisia exports fruit to 21 countries in the world, it sells them in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Norway and Lithuania in addition to the United Kingdom and Germany, but in very modest quantities.
Similarly, the statistics show that the watermelon is the fruit most exported by Tunisia, during the year 2022, (23.3 MD, for 19,300 tons), as well as the peach (34.7 MD for 11,400 tons) and the apricot (16.6 MD for 5,800 tons).