Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

France has lost its status as Tunisia’s leading commercial supplier in 2017 to Italy, according to the latest figures from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Indeed, imports from Italy resumed in 2017 with $ 3.16 billion of imports to Tunisia while those from France stagnated compared to 2016 to $ 3.04 billion dollars, according to the Tunisian Observatory of the economy.

Among the top five commercial suppliers of Tunisia in 2017, there are three trends, a first downtrend between 2010 and 2017 for the first two suppliers, France and Italy. In fact, imports from France and Italy decreased by 28% and 18% respectively between 2010 and 2017.

A second stagnant trend for Germany with imports from Germany down slightly by 4% and finally, a third uptrend for China and Turkey. In fact, imports from China and Turkey increased by 37% and 51% respectively between 2010 and 2017.

China even surpassed Germany in 2014, becoming the third largest commercial supplier of Tunisia, still far from France and Italy.

Since independence, France by its historical links, has always been the largest commercial supplier of Tunisia.