US trade with Tunisia in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 22, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Tunisia in the first half of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Tunisia

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Tunisia totaled $529.1 million, up 10.23% ($49.1 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Tunisia in the first half of 2017 totaled $290.3 million, up 11.65% ($30.3 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Tunisia in the first half of 2017 totaled $238.8 million, up 8.55% ($18.8 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade surplus with Tunisia in the first half of 2017 was $51.5 million, a 28.68% increase ($11.5 million) over the first half of 2016.

Tunisia was the US 94th largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (up from 96th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0275% of US total trade (up from 0.0267% in the first half of 2016).

Tunisia was the US 90th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 91st in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0383% of US total exports (up from 0.0366% in the first half of 2016).

Tunisia was the US 88th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (up from 89th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0205% of US total imports (up from 0.0202% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Tunisia

The major share of US exports to Tunisia in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 26.12% of US total exports to Tunisia (21.40% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 23.72% of US total exports to Tunisia (35.17% in the first half of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 22.06% of US total exports to Tunisia (18.73% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.94% of US total exports to Tunisia (11.96% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.52% of US total exports to Tunisia (4.43% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.62% of US total exports to Tunisia (2.59% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.38% of US total exports to Tunisia (2.68% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Tunisia in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $30.3 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $17.6 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $15.5 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $6.3 million;
  • Zinc and articles thereof (HS code 79) - an increase of $4.8 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $2.3 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $2.0 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $2.0 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) - an increase of $1.5 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $1.2 million;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $1.1 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Tunisia in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $18.1 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $17.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $8.1 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $4.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2.5 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $1.9 million;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $1.9 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $1.6 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $1.2 million.
US exports to Tunisia in the first half of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in first-half 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in first-half 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first-half 2017
over first-half 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 320.1 0.11 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 263.4 0.09 26.6890.89
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 41.9 0.01 38.78.10
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 493.6 0.17 476.53.60
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 65.0 0.02 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,865.1 0.64 6,638.5-71.90
10 Cereals 3,257.6 1.12 21,331.5-84.73
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 36,703.5 12.64 53,917.1-31.93
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 104.3 0.04 203.3-48.71
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 22,303.7 7.68 4,697.0374.85
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 29.5 0.01 72.9-59.55
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 29.8 0.01 86.3-65.52
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 49.1 0.02 67.9-27.73
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 711.6-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 759.0 0.26 466.262.82
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4.6 0.00 4.9-4.88
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,550.9 0.88 2,708.2-5.81
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 95.7 0.03 217.2-55.95
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 63,942.2 22.03 48,484.431.88
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8,420.5 2.90 7,672.29.75
29 Organic chemicals 273.1 0.09 633.0-56.86
30 Pharmaceutical products 5,162.8 1.78 3,161.063.33
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 216.7 0.07 262.4-17.41
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 519.8 0.18 757.5-31.38
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 604.9 0.21 376.260.81
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 104.4 0.04 28.0272.61
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 169.0 0.06 5.43,032.37
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 26.1 0.01 57.3-54.52
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 708.9 0.24 960.4-26.19
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14,843.6 5.11 16,762.5-11.45
40 Rubber and articles thereof 714.9 0.25 409.574.57
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 28.8 0.01 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 339.8 0.12 107.0217.56
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 227.3 0.08 0.0
45 Cork and articles of cork 3.0 0.00 2.93.27
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 10,787.2 3.72 8,812.922.40
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,894.5 1.69 2,620.386.79
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 107.1 0.04 79.934.05
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 147.8-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 16.3 0.01 0.0
52 Cotton 1,238.9 0.43 139.1790.81
54 Man-made filaments 492.3 0.17 31.41,470.13
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,459.6 0.85 1,279.892.18
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 60.6 0.02 72.0-15.85
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 9.0 0.00 30.9-70.87
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 65.3 0.02 57.513.54
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 9.1 0.00 18.7-51.60
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 25.7 0.01 247.4-89.61
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 219.6 0.08 996.6-77.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,244.9 0.77 3,806.8-41.03
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 9.5 0.00 76.2-87.53
65 Headgear and parts thereof 26.1 0.01 24.65.99
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 28.1-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 25.6 0.01 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8.7 0.00 52.3-83.39
69 Ceramic products 545.0 0.19 675.3-19.29
70 Glass and glassware 233.2 0.08 63.8265.40
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 33.1-100.00
72 Iron and steel 82.4 0.03 319.9-74.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,337.6 1.15 2,714.322.97
74 Copper and articles thereof 22.0 0.01 20.66.91
75 Nickel and articles thereof 12.8 0.00 20.4-37.37
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,186.3 0.41 1,114.16.48
79 Zinc and articles thereof 4,840.7 1.67 9.650,429.46
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 252.0 0.09 13.11,824.13
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 437.0 0.15 301.045.17
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 344.0 0.12 2,225.0-84.54
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 18,485.4 6.37 26,563.5-30.41
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 7,567.5 2.61 6,052.625.03
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 174.7 0.06 60.1190.59
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,553.9 1.57 5,711.2-20.26
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 34,557.9 11.91 4,243.7714.33
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 143.6 0.05 212.0-32.28
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 10,334.2 3.56 12,793.3-19.22
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 8.6 0.00 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 48.7 0.02 20.4138.62
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 9,329.3 3.21 3,038.1207.08
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 189.4 0.07 142.732.79
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 628.7 0.22 282.9122.23
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 63.2 0.02 49.527.75

US Imports from Tunisia

The major share of US imports from Tunisia in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 34.81% of US total imports from Tunisia (38.57% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 21.98% of US total imports from Tunisia (32.23% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 16.08% of US total imports from Tunisia (16.73% in the first half of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 15.44% of US total imports from Tunisia (0.04% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.47% of US total imports from Tunisia (3.35% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.95% of US total imports from Tunisia (1.13% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Tunisia in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $36.2 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $2.7 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1.2 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $1.2 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $1.1 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $0.8 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Tunisia in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 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) - a decrease of $16.8 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 $2.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1.9 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $1.7 million;
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - a decrease of $1.5 million;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - a decrease of $1.2 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $1.1 million.
US imports from Tunisia in the first half of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in first-half 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in first-half 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first-half 2017
over first-half 2016
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 23.3 0.01 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 42.6 0.02 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 63.8 0.03 61.63.68
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 46.0 0.02 54.4-15.44
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 10,781.3 4.52 11,860.8-9.10
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 35.1 0.01 93.3-62.35
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 9.2 0.00 178.3-94.84
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 213.2 0.09 744.2-71.36
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 38,581.7 16.16 55,374.6-30.33
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 622.0 0.26 854.5-27.21
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,036.2 0.43 1,060.5-2.29
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 189.9 0.08 118.959.66
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 71.9 0.03 158.2-54.55
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 761.2 0.32 330.7130.18
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 669.3 0.28 82.8708.22
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 36,191.0 15.16 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 43.0 0.02 71.0-39.50
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 50.0 0.02 40.423.73
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 868.7 0.36 400.8116.75
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 15.6 0.01 86.3-81.89
39 Plastics and articles thereof 892.0 0.37 1,022.3-12.75
40 Rubber and articles thereof 405.6 0.17 871.5-53.46
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 1.4 0.00 4.0-65.34
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,876.4 1.20 3,382.2-14.96
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 696.8 0.29 540.228.99
45 Cork and articles of cork 32.3 0.01 0.0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3.2 0.00 7.3-56.25
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 16.2-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 11.7 0.00 8.046.60
50 Silk 1.7 0.00 0.0
52 Cotton 45.7 0.02 84.9-46.12
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 9.7 0.00 2.3316.50
54 Man-made filaments 2.0 0.00 4.7-57.43
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 0.6-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 43.9 0.02 15.1190.73
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 0.4-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5.2 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 7,431.6 3.11 7,626.4-2.55
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 26,622.9 11.15 23,921.211.29
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,485.6 0.62 725.0104.91
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,625.1 1.10 4,317.6-39.20
65 Headgear and parts thereof 11.6 0.00 20.2-42.53
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 102.2 0.04 87.716.47
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 320.6 0.13 778.9-58.84
69 Ceramic products 310.5 0.13 128.6141.35
70 Glass and glassware 99.5 0.04 98.01.51
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 51.1 0.02 150.4-65.98
72 Iron and steel 367.1 0.15 60.4507.75
73 Articles of iron or steel 5,394.3 2.26 5,235.73.03
74 Copper and articles thereof 192.4 0.08 131.246.66
75 Nickel and articles thereof 104.7 0.04 10.3912.09
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,683.3 0.70 1,655.81.66
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 445.8 0.19 4.410,010.75
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 101.4 0.04 274.7-63.09
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 19,527.3 8.18 21,476.1-9.07
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 53,005.8 22.20 54,958.8-3.55
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,491.2 1.04 2,162.015.23
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 1,358.5 0.57 243.5457.98
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 499.5 0.21 956.3-47.77
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,248.3 2.62 5,055.523.59
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,311.4 0.55 2,833.7-53.72
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 64.9 0.03 81.1-19.99
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 381.1 0.16 1,610.2-76.33
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,256.4 0.53 813.354.48
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 164.6 0.07 145.313.25
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,648.3 0.69 459.0259.09
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce