Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Domestic exports rose by 8.6% at fixed prices in the first half of 2018 to reach 20,354.6 million dinars (MD) against a 26.6% rise in current prices, according to the report of the National Institute of Statistics (INS), in a publication on foreign trade at fixed prices

Imports, on the other hand, grew by 1.9% at fixed prices with a value of 28,519.5 MTD against a rise of 20.8% for imports at current prices.

The INS has attributed this difference in the rate of increase between fixed and current prices to the increase in prices. Exports and imports increased by 16.6% and 18.6% respectively.

Evolution of foreign trade excluding energy

Non-energy domestic trade in the first half of 2018 recorded a 15.9% increase in prices for exports and a 20.1% increase in imports, with prices for energy products during the same period, exports increased by 28.0% and imports by 5.5%.

On the other hand, exports at fixed prices increased by 67.7% in the agriculture and agri-food industries and by 4% in energy and lubricants compared to the same period of 2017.

On the other hand, exports of mining products, phosphate and derivatives decreased by 11.2%.

On the import side, foreign trade results at current prices showed a 28.8% growth in the energy and lubricants sector and a 7.4% decline in the agriculture and agri-food industries and in the mining, phosphate and derivatives sector (11.4%).