US trade (export - import) with Tunisia in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 01, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Tunisia in 2013: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Tunisia

In 2013, US trade with Tunisia totaled $1,641.9 million, up 19.48% ($267.7 million) from 2012.

US exports to Tunisia in 2013 totaled $870.2 million, up 41.52% ($255.3 million) from 2012.

US imports from Tunisia in 2013 totaled $771.7 million, up 1.63% ($12.4 million) from 2012.

US trade with Tunisia went from a deficit of $144.4 million in 2012, to a surplus of $98.5 million in 2013.

Tunisia was the US 88th largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 96th in 2012), accounting for 0.0421% of US total trade (up from 0.0354% in 2012).

Tunisia was the US 82nd largest export market in 2013 (up from 91st in 2012), accounting for 0.0552% of US total exports (up from 0.0398% in 2012).

Tunisia was the US 84th largest supplier in 2013 (up from 86th in 2012), accounting for 0.0332% of US total imports (up from 0.0325% in 2012).

US Exports to Tunisia

The major share of US exports to Tunisia in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 32.43% of US total exports to Tunisia (15.30% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 25.04% of US total exports to Tunisia (19.10% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 20.13% of US total exports to Tunisia (37.78% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.46% of US total exports to Tunisia (12.95% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.80% of US total exports to Tunisia (5.72% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.85% of US total exports to Tunisia (4.52% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.97% of US total exports to Tunisia (2.15% in 2012).

The largest gains in US exports to Tunisia in 2013 over 2012 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 $188.0 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $109.7 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $12.1 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $11.9 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $10.9 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $4.8 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $4.5 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $3.8 million;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $3.0 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $3.0 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $2.7 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Tunisia in 2013 over 2012 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 $42.2 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $15.3 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $7.4 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $7.4 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 $7.0 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $5.2 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $3.8 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $3.5 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $3.1 million.
US exports to Tunisia in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2012
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0.0 0.00 48.9-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 389.2 0.04 480.0-18.92
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5,564.8 0.64 5,565.4-0.01
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6.5 0.00 92.8-93.05
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 950.0 0.11 813.316.81
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 140.3 0.02 269.5-47.95
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,578.9 0.64 6,541.3-14.71
10 Cereals 84.2 0.01 3,136.8-97.32
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 13.8 0.00 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 123,275.5 14.17 138,526.1-11.01
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 170.9-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 25,623.3 2.94 67,773.8-62.19
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 570.1 0.07 164.6246.33
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 54.9 0.01 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 481.2 0.06 709.4-32.16
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 203.7 0.02 184.610.33
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 289.7 0.03 415.6-30.29
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 11,907.3 1.37 17.567,957.29
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 7,363.0-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 272.2 0.03 218.124.78
26 Ores, slag and ash 96.7 0.01 20.9362.57
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 281,811.0 32.39 93,828.9200.35
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 29,481.2 3.39 26,444.611.48
29 Organic chemicals 443.2 0.05 782.1-43.34
30 Pharmaceutical products 6,423.6 0.74 4,227.951.93
31 Fertilizers 158.5 0.02 153.13.56
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 335.2 0.04 226.448.06
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,347.7 0.15 937.643.74
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 987.8 0.11 1,024.4-3.57
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 143.4 0.02 108.432.25
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 181.8 0.02 80.3126.26
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 71.6 0.01 103.2-30.63
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8,152.8 0.94 5,188.257.14
39 Plastics and articles thereof 42,049.0 4.83 39,360.26.83
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,203.9 0.14 1,000.420.34
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 24.5 0.00 246.4-90.07
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 64.2 0.01 31.4104.62
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 300.7 0.03 269.611.56
45 Cork and articles of cork 2.9 0.00 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 22,571.6 2.59 23,397.3-3.53
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,438.6 0.17 3,791.4-62.06
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 477.4 0.05 324.547.12
50 Silk 23.3 0.00 0.0
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 91.8 0.01 171.4-46.45
52 Cotton 718.7 0.08 1,579.9-54.51
54 Man-made filaments 258.9 0.03 249.23.91
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,400.5 0.16 2,273.0-38.38
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 320.4 0.04 57.6456.04
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 8.4 0.00 34.1-75.32
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 30.5-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 583.2 0.07 175.0233.37
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 111.7 0.01 3.72,918.38
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 93.2 0.01 12.0674.54
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 82.3 0.01 88.2-6.66
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 13,321.1 1.53 8,501.556.69
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 53.1 0.01 20.9154.60
65 Headgear and parts thereof 30.1 0.00 17.373.94
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 5.2 0.00 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 102.3 0.01 43.5135.15
69 Ceramic products 1,198.7 0.14 1,280.9-6.41
70 Glass and glassware 210.5 0.02 167.825.43
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3.7 0.00 17.5-78.63
72 Iron and steel 12,407.3 1.43 330.03,660.29
73 Articles of iron or steel 12,501.4 1.44 8,750.842.86
74 Copper and articles thereof 120.3 0.01 134.1-10.29
75 Nickel and articles thereof 445.1 0.05 281.358.25
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 13,306.0 1.53 20,740.9-35.85
78 Lead and articles thereof 2.6 0.00 0.0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 31.9-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 531.1 0.06 214.8147.27
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,282.9 0.26 4,509.7-49.38
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 162.6 0.02 156.73.72
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 59,195.0 6.80 48,283.122.60
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 11,095.9 1.28 18,114.4-38.75
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 245.9 0.03 942.2-73.90
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,810.5 1.01 12,328.4-28.53
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 118,122.8 13.57 8,447.51,298.32
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,863.8 0.21 5,623.8-66.86
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 18,564.7 2.13 23,730.5-21.77
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 54.0 0.01 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 25.0 0.00 24.52.15
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,154.2 0.13 360.9219.83
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 675.0 0.08 267.0152.82
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 621.4 0.07 1,064.6-41.63
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 172.9 0.02 250.9-31.09
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 16,027.7 1.84 11,515.139.19

US Imports from Tunisia

The major share of US imports from Tunisia in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 45.38% of US total imports from Tunisia (44.46% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 18.32% of US total imports from Tunisia (17.94% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 17.27% of US total imports from Tunisia (15.75% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 12.09% of US total imports from Tunisia (14.18% in 2012);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.95% of US total imports from Tunisia (2.46% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.70% of US total imports from Tunisia (1.15% in 2012).

The largest gains in US imports from Tunisia in 2013 over 2012 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) - an increase of $32.4 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $12.7 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $9.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $7.4 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $4.6 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) - an increase of $4.0 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Tunisia in 2013 over the 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $29.4 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $13.7 million;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - a decrease of $11.3 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $3.9 million.
US imports from Tunisia in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2012
USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 132.1 0.02 623.7-78.81
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 12.0 0.00 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 169.0 0.02 116.644.91
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 16,255.9 2.11 11,617.639.93
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 17.3 0.00 39.5-56.22
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 14.0-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 46.1 0.01 140.5-67.17
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 114,174.2 14.80 104,955.08.78
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 154.9 0.02 16.7825.22
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 184.3-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 662.5 0.09 311.3112.84
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 317.1 0.04 526.0-39.72
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,311.4 0.17 1,011.029.71
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 15.6-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3.3 0.00 8.4-60.64
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 350,211.8 45.38 337,554.93.75
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 597.8 0.08 53.01,028.61
29 Organic chemicals 13.9 0.00 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 52.4 0.01 454.6-88.47
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 3.5 0.00 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 845.5 0.11 967.3-12.59
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 0.0 0.00 55.1-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,483.4 0.19 3,492.5-57.53
40 Rubber and articles thereof 37.8 0.00 78.3-51.69
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 6,162.7 0.80 5,971.63.20
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 46.5 0.01 29.358.98
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,742.7 0.23 1,526.414.17
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 14.9 0.00 6.4133.33
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 18.6 0.00 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 33.2 0.00 42.2-21.20
52 Cotton 127.0 0.02 7.91,506.50
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 1.7 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 21.4 0.00 0.92,222.78
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 104.4 0.01 98.75.77
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 16.1 0.00 33.8-52.43
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2.8 0.00 2.75.24
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.7 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 19,717.9 2.56 20,849.2-5.43
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 66,823.1 8.66 80,473.7-16.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,134.3 0.41 2,647.518.39
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,121.5 0.40 3,292.4-5.19
65 Headgear and parts thereof 96.2 0.01 137.4-30.01
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 114.6 0.01 87.830.49
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,119.4 0.15 1,332.8-16.01
69 Ceramic products 854.6 0.11 653.130.85
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 184.9-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 7,355.0 0.95 18,654.7-60.57
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,524.7 0.33 6,442.0-60.81
74 Copper and articles thereof 255.6 0.03 84.7201.90
75 Nickel and articles thereof 3.2 0.00 31.6-89.73
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,399.8 0.31 1,885.127.30
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 29.2-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 38.2 0.00 9.0323.83
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 151.0 0.02 213.0-29.14
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 42,030.1 5.45 71,469.9-41.19
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 92,158.2 11.94 59,726.754.30
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 121.1 0.02 283.7-57.33
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 1,491.0 0.19 295.7404.21
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 717.8 0.09 367.195.54
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,858.0 0.63 4,055.719.78
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,885.1 0.24 1,735.58.62
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 6,371.8 0.83 2,331.1173.34
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,418.6 0.18 1,789.0-20.70
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 378.4 0.05 416.1-9.06
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 976.1 0.13 462.6110.99
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 16,795.5 2.18 9,385.678.95
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce