Posted by: African Manager

Tunisia’s external trade recorded an increase of 19.0% in exports and 1.2% in imports, in volume (constant price), in the first two months of 2018.

In terms of prices, it went up by 20.1% for exports and 22.2% for imports. In current values, Tunisia’s external trade reached $ 6,612.1 million in exports in the first two months of 2018 and $ 8,827.4 million in imports, posting a rise in the order of 42.9% for export and 23.7% for import, and this compared to the same period of 2017.

Regarding the evolution of foreign trade, excluding energy, prices increased on export by 19.5% and on import by 24.1%.

In fact, during the first two months of the current year, energy prices posted rises of around 3.3% for exports and 5.8% for imports. This was reported by the National Institute of Statistics in a statement Tuesday.

In the first two months of 2018, exports by volume increased by 248.3% for the energy sector and 84.5% for the agriculture and agri-food industries, and this compared to the same period of the previous year.

In addition, exports of the mining, phosphates and derivatives sector fell in volume by around 26.9%.

In terms of imports, the volume trend is marked by an increase in the energy and lubricants sector of around 28.4%, compared with a decline in the agriculture and agribusiness sector by 14.2%.