US trade (export - import) with Tunisia in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 13, 2019

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Tunisia in 2018: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Tunisia

In 2018, US trade with Tunisia totaled $1,270.9 million, up 23.53% ($242.1 million) from 2017.

US exports to Tunisia in 2018 totaled $603.2 million, up 9.43% ($52.0 million) from 2017.

US imports from Tunisia in 2018 totaled $667.6 million, up 39.80% ($190.1 million) from 2017.

US trade balance with Tunisia went from a surplus of $73.7 million in 2017, to a deficit of $64.4 million in 2018.

Tunisia was the US 91st largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 93rd in 2017), accounting for 0.0297% of US total trade (up from 0.0260% in 2017).

Tunisia was the US 91st largest export market in 2018 (up from 92nd in 2017), accounting for 0.0362% of US total exports (up from 0.0357% in 2017).

Tunisia was the US 84th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 91st in 2017), accounting for 0.0255% of US total imports (up from 0.0198% in 2017).

US Exports to Tunisia

The major share of US exports to Tunisia in 2018 (and in 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 44.86% of US total exports to Tunisia (22.60% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 24.77% of US total exports to Tunisia (29.83% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 12.41% of US total exports to Tunisia (11.40% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.18% of US total exports to Tunisia (18.25% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.22% of US total exports to Tunisia (5.23% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.18% of US total exports to Tunisia (2.85% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.30% of US total exports to Tunisia (4.13% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Tunisia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $74.2 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $65.5 million;
  • Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds (HS code 86) - an increase of $34.2 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $21.6 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $11.6 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $3.9 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $3.7 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $3.1 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Tunisia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $69.0 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $20.5 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $17.2 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $13.2 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $8.8 million;
  • Zinc and articles thereof (HS code 79) - a decrease of $5.6 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $4.3 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $4.2 million;
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - a decrease of $3.8 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $3.7 million;
  • Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof (HS code 66) - a decrease of $2.9 million;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $2.8 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $2.8 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $2.4 million.
US exports to Tunisia in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2018
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2018
over 2017
(%)
01 Live animals 435.8 0.07 564.6-22.81
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 277.1 0.05 52.5427.78
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 796.7 0.13 1,749.1-54.45
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 71.6 0.01 41.971.06
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 293.5 0.05 1,033.6-71.61
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 65.0-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 2,158.9 0.36 2,153.30.26
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 52.9-100.00
10 Cereals 68,794.4 11.40 3,257.62,011.81
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 162,519.3 26.94 88,294.884.06
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 412.5 0.07 150.7173.74
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 9,326.8 1.55 22,521.8-58.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 14.8 0.00 29.5-49.80
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 63.2 0.01 253.1-75.05
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 49.1-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 178.5 0.03 4.73,739.16
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 781.1 0.13 1,478.0-47.15
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 45.8 0.01 9.4385.47
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 24,431.0 4.05 2,845.0758.74
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 165.2 0.03 184.0-10.21
26 Ores, slag and ash 18.5 0.00 281.0-93.40
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 31,073.4 5.15 100,117.3-68.96
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 18,422.6 3.05 21,228.5-13.22
29 Organic chemicals 3,768.6 0.62 660.2470.85
30 Pharmaceutical products 8,909.5 1.48 7,877.913.10
31 Fertilizers 8.8 0.00 426.9-97.94
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 152.0 0.03 514.7-70.47
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 764.1 0.13 821.1-6.94
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 953.2 0.16 927.22.80
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 471.9 0.08 319.347.81
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 141.7 0.02 277.6-48.96
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 26.1-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,040.7 0.34 1,866.29.35
39 Plastics and articles thereof 38,307.8 6.35 26,686.343.55
40 Rubber and articles thereof 893.7 0.15 1,218.6-26.66
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 97.5 0.02 300.5-67.54
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 65.4 0.01 346.1-81.10
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2.9 0.00 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 193.7 0.03 270.3-28.33
45 Cork and articles of cork 20.4 0.00 9.0126.51
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 18,446.8 3.06 19,351.6-4.68
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,558.8 1.09 8,994.5-27.08
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 256.2 0.04 223.214.76
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 172.9 0.03 46.1275.19
52 Cotton 927.4 0.15 1,475.4-37.15
54 Man-made filaments 395.0 0.07 785.3-49.70
55 Man-made staple fibers 5,362.0 0.89 5,118.44.76
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 95.6 0.02 104.6-8.53
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 9.0-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 56.6 0.01 133.0-57.40
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 102.0 0.02 9.11,026.12
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 202.4 0.03 139.145.53
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 535.0 0.09 353.551.34
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 4,932.5 0.82 4,446.310.94
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 30.7 0.01 13.7123.66
65 Headgear and parts thereof 211.4 0.04 42.9392.47
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 9.3 0.00 2,950.0-99.68
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 95.2 0.02 83.713.81
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 66.6 0.01 21.6208.36
69 Ceramic products 1,692.6 0.28 1,431.018.28
70 Glass and glassware 1,119.6 0.19 772.744.90
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 6.8 0.00 0.0
72 Iron and steel 213.9 0.04 4,528.3-95.28
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,697.4 0.78 8,856.3-46.96
74 Copper and articles thereof 36.3 0.01 120.9-70.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 230.2 0.04 24.3846.10
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 927.6 0.15 1,832.4-49.38
79 Zinc and articles thereof 15.5 0.00 5,604.2-99.72
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 25.6 0.00 429.2-94.05
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,247.8 0.21 843.347.97
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 470.4 0.08 501.1-6.13
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 34,702.3 5.75 37,506.1-7.48
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 17,053.3 2.83 20,889.0-18.36
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 34,495.5 5.72 270.012,677.67
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 17,565.0 2.91 34,719.3-49.41
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 27,707.5 4.59 48,211.9-42.53
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3,996.2 0.66 143.62,683.66
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 13,914.5 2.31 22,697.5-38.70
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 26.0 0.00 8.6203.98
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 45.1 0.01 75.2-40.01
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 11,970.4 1.98 15,656.7-23.54
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 613.9 0.10 871.2-29.53
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 127.9 0.02 909.9-85.94
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 189.2 0.03 123.752.95
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 12.2-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 14,616.3 2.42 10,948.233.50

US Imports from Tunisia

The major share of US imports from Tunisia in 2018 (and in 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 33.54% of US total imports from Tunisia (18.01% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 24.79% of US total imports from Tunisia (37.29% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 17.33% of US total imports from Tunisia (16.76% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 13.23% of US total imports from Tunisia (15.14% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.24% of US total imports from Tunisia (4.06% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.13% of US total imports from Tunisia (1.13% in 2017).

The largest gains in US imports from Tunisia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $120.9 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $31.1 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $18.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $9.1 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $7.6 million;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $4.5 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $4.4 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $3.7 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $2.4 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $2.3 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Tunisia in 2018 over the 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - a decrease of $19.5 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $2.1 million.
US imports from Tunisia in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2018
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2017
USD thousand)
Change
in 2018
over 2017
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 40.0 0.01 34.715.45
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 42.6-100.00
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 156.5 0.02 104.050.47
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 181.9 0.03 116.456.25
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 34,809.8 5.21 16,636.3109.24
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 102.1 0.02 83.722.00
10 Cereals 22.5 0.00 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 15.3 0.00 32.9-53.50
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 80.1 0.01 251.4-68.14
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 184,240.5 27.60 63,387.2190.66
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,307.7 0.20 1,278.22.31
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,334.6 0.20 1,841.0-27.51
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 11.0-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 401.3 0.06 366.89.41
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 419.9 0.06 295.642.06
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 742.6 0.11 1,344.4-44.76
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 48.5 0.01 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 195.8-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 5,349.9 0.80 802.8566.40
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 110,359.8 16.53 79,256.839.24
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 115.6 0.02 156.3-26.05
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 191.8 0.03 64.9195.67
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4,537.0 0.68 2,631.372.42
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 57.3 0.01 22.7151.93
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,884.8 0.28 1,646.814.45
40 Rubber and articles thereof 791.2 0.12 895.3-11.63
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 13.6 0.00 1.4877.61
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 7,418.5 1.11 6,550.913.24
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 19.3 0.00 19.5-1.20
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,149.6 0.62 2,706.653.32
45 Cork and articles of cork 194.8 0.03 94.4106.42
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 2.8 0.00 5.8-52.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 113.5 0.02 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 124.1 0.02 32.9277.14
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 1.7-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 25.4-100.00
52 Cotton 22.6 0.00 58.8-61.67
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 22.3 0.00 13.960.21
54 Man-made filaments 0.3 0.00 2.3-87.77
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 51.0-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 26.7 0.00 52.3-48.88
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1.0 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1.7 0.00 0.5274.13
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 4.2 0.00 5.2-18.92
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 17,343.6 2.60 15,055.815.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 57,434.8 8.60 49,857.915.20
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,598.9 0.99 2,912.8126.55
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 6,526.3 0.98 4,114.658.61
65 Headgear and parts thereof 150.2 0.02 28.7424.34
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 203.5 0.03 102.299.14
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 713.4 0.11 714.6-0.17
69 Ceramic products 940.1 0.14 668.540.64
70 Glass and glassware 116.1 0.02 334.7-65.31
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 81.4 0.01 83.0-1.83
72 Iron and steel 249.0 0.04 629.5-60.45
73 Articles of iron or steel 14,530.6 2.18 12,951.212.20
74 Copper and articles thereof 942.7 0.14 849.310.99
75 Nickel and articles thereof 592.6 0.09 256.2131.28
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,768.3 0.56 3,569.95.56
79 Zinc and articles thereof 30.6 0.00 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,080.0 0.16 887.721.67
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 6.4 0.00 6.9-7.15
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 442.0 0.07 217.6103.12
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 49,295.1 7.38 40,194.522.64
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 97,939.7 14.67 117,433.6-16.60
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,878.3 0.43 5,011.7-42.57
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 3,072.5 0.46 2,476.424.08
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,146.8 0.17 752.452.41
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, 0.02 medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 11,159.3 1.67 12,218.3-8.67
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2,517.3 0.38 2,365.16.44
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 398.2 0.06 242.564.22
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 1,899.5 0.28 964.796.90
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4,257.2 0.64 2,891.947.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 517.1 0.08 529.7-2.38
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,547.7 0.23 2,588.5-40.21
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 19,950.8 2.99 15,516.128.58
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce