Tunisia’s external trade in the first seven months of 2018 recorded in volume terms (constant price) an increase in exports of around 5.9% and a 2.1% rise in import , the National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced on its website.
In terms of prices, they grew 16.4% for exports and 18.3% for imports.
In current values, Tunisia’s foreign trade reached 23,580.1 MD in exports, during the first seven months of 2018 and 33,526.6 MD in imports, posting an increase in the order of 23.3% for exports and 20.8% for imports, compared to the same period of 2017.
Development of external trade excluding energy
Excluding energy, prices rose at export by 15.6% and at import by 19.4%.
In the first half of the current year, energy prices recorded increases of around 28.7% for exports and 8.3% for imports.
In the first seven months of 2018, exports by volume went up by 63.7% for the agriculture and agri-food sector, compared to the same period of the previous year.
On the other hand, exports by volume fell in the mining, phosphates and derivatives sectors by 10.3% and 15.0% for the energy sector.
In terms of imports, the volume trend is marked by a rise in the energy and lubricants sector of around 27.2% compared to a decline in the sectors of  Agriculture and food processing industries by 4.9% and the mine, phosphate and derivatives by 9.2%.