US trade with Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017

Published or Updated: May 15, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Tunisia

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, US trade with Tunisia was $233.7 million, down 0.36% ($0.8 million) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

US exports to Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were $100.5 million, down 28.12% ($39.3 million) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

US imports from Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 totaled $133.2 million, up 40.63% ($38.5 million) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

US trade balance with Tunisia went from a surplus of $45.1 million in the 3rd quarter of 2016, to a deficit of $32.7 million in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Tunisia was the US 94th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 96th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0237% of US total trade (down from 0.0286% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Tunisia was the US 98th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 88th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0264% of US total exports (down from 0.0403% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Tunisia was the US 90th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 94th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0220% of US total imports (up from 0.0200% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

US Exports to Tunisia

The major share of US exports to Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 34.92% of US total exports to Tunisia (23.39% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 27.85% of US total exports to Tunisia (0.45% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.32% of US total exports to Tunisia (10.51% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.88% of US total exports to Tunisia (3.36% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.58% of US total exports to Tunisia (5.11% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.37% of US total exports to Tunisia (3.97% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.00% of US total exports to Tunisia (50.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter 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 $27.3 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 $6.1 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $3.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2.7 million;
  • Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof (HS code 66) - an increase of $2.6 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 $1.7 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1.3 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $1.1 million;
  • Zinc and articles thereof (HS code 79) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $0.5 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) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.4 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 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) - a decrease of $56.6 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $11.5 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $8.4 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $3.1 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $2.6 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2.5 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $1.2 million;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (HS code 58) - a decrease of $0.5 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $0.5 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $0.4 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $0.4 million.
US exports to Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in Q3 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in Q3 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 83.9 0.08 7.21,067.10
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 250.0-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 50.2 0.05 32.952.92
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 540.0 0.54 475.613.55
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0.0 0.00 476.4-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 52.9 0.05 0.0
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 11,547.9-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 69.7 0.07 56,701.5-99.88
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 37.0 0.04 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 218.1 0.22 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 26.6-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 223.4 0.22 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 25.1-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4.7 0.00 134.5-96.54
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 531.9 0.53 125.2324.99
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4.8 0.00 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 192.8 0.19 130.647.63
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 40.9 0.04 31.032.09
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 27,951.1 27.81 601.84,544.79
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,561.9 4.54 2,879.658.42
29 Organic chemicals 87.7 0.09 182.0-51.84
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,212.4 1.21 3,687.1-67.12
31 Fertilizers 66.6 0.07 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 47.5 0.05 68.7-30.84
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 118.9 0.12 90.731.03
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 144.7 0.14 145.4-0.48
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 7.8 0.01 4.571.64
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 84.9 0.08 24.0253.45
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 26.8-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 572.2 0.57 325.076.03
39 Plastics and articles thereof 6,356.2 6.32 6,746.8-5.79
40 Rubber and articles thereof 125.3 0.12 518.9-75.85
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 112.9 0.11 13.8721.19
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 6.3 0.01 22.8-72.36
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 54.7-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,707.5 3.69 2,597.342.75
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,129.2 2.12 2,019.25.45
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 76.0 0.08 28.5166.98
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 19.8 0.02 0.0
52 Cotton 132.2 0.13 32.8303.55
54 Man-made filaments 98.2 0.10 58.767.17
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,268.6 1.26 722.175.68
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8.8 0.01 28.7-69.31
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 476.5-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 45.6 0.05 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 58.2 0.06 9.7498.19
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 35.8 0.04 35.02.40
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,038.3 1.03 4,134.4-74.89
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 53.6-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 16.8 0.02 0.0
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 2,612.7 2.60 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 58.0 0.06 0.0
69 Ceramic products 317.1 0.32 210.150.95
70 Glass and glassware 282.5 0.28 144.895.04
72 Iron and steel 31.5 0.03 73.0-56.76
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,022.8 4.00 2,698.749.06
74 Copper and articles thereof 84.9 0.08 4.81,672.27
75 Nickel and articles thereof 6.7 0.01 9.8-32.35
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 442.8 0.44 3,038.1-85.42
79 Zinc and articles thereof 763.4 0.76 19.83,749.17
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 13.3 0.01 40.3-67.09
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 178.3 0.18 996.2-82.10
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 60.7 0.06 268.5-77.39
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 10,189.3 10.14 7,513.835.61
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 7,460.1 7.42 1,353.5451.17
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 42.7 0.04 235.1-81.86
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,910.4 1.90 3,101.9-38.41
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 6,814.8 6.78 3,855.076.78
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0.0 0.00 8,352.2-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 8,672.5 8.63 8,290.34.61
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 26.5 0.03 5.4393.05
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,145.2 1.14 481.2138.01
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 590.7 0.59 125.0372.55
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 84.0 0.08 14.1496.08
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 12.5 0.01 27.3-54.25
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 12.2 0.01 763.7-98.41
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,522.9 2.51 2,635.4-4.27

US Imports from Tunisia

The major share of US imports from Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 38.27% of US total imports from Tunisia (32.55% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 21.51% of US total imports from Tunisia (12.88% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 15.49% of US total imports from Tunisia (19.12% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 13.47% of US total imports from Tunisia (20.72% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.61% of US total imports from Tunisia (3.03% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.48% of US total imports from Tunisia (3.29% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 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 $17.7 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $16.5 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $4.9 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $2.1 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1.3 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;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - an increase of $0.9 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $1.7 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 $1.5 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $0.5 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $0.4 million.
US imports from Tunisia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in Q3 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in Q3 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 7.7 0.01 8.8-12.70
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 56.6 0.04 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,284.7 2.47 5,028.0-34.67
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 48.6 0.04 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 9.5-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 38.3 0.03 371.5-89.70
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 16,001.7 12.02 11,132.043.75
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 342.9 0.26 284.320.60
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 174.0 0.13 308.5-43.60
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 11.0 0.01 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 114.9 0.09 110.63.95
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 64.3 0.05 91.5-29.68
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 283.3 0.21 766.5-63.04
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 195.8 0.15 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 54.9 0.04 115.2-52.32
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 28,594.8 21.47 12,082.7136.66
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 67.7 0.05 1,540.9-95.61
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5.2 0.00 20.9-74.95
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,157.0 0.87 806.543.47
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 2.4-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 394.9 0.30 478.7-17.51
40 Rubber and articles thereof 350.6 0.26 271.029.37
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,913.5 1.44 1,057.580.94
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2.3 0.00 9.5-75.37
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 514.9 0.39 693.4-25.74
45 Cork and articles of cork 56.9 0.04 0.0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 2.6 0.00 7.5-65.04
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 20.8-100.00
52 Cotton 13.1 0.01 92.4-85.83
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 3.0 0.00 2.84.82
54 Man-made filaments 0.3 0.00 1.5-82.03
55 Man-made staple fibers 51.0 0.04 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 20.1-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 5.5 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.5 0.00 1.5-69.17
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,244.0 3.19 3,864.99.81
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 11,875.0 8.92 13,326.6-10.89
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 565.2 0.42 992.2-43.04
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,167.1 0.88 1,226.2-4.81
65 Headgear and parts thereof 9.5 0.01 10.7-11.51
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 79.5-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 120.5 0.09 169.4-28.84
69 Ceramic products 151.9 0.11 117.529.28
70 Glass and glassware 3.8 0.00 26.7-85.86
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 21.1 0.02 73.9-71.47
72 Iron and steel 158.6 0.12 183.8-13.70
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,883.3 2.92 1,820.4113.32
75 Nickel and articles thereof 82.5 0.06 72.114.43
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 435.5 0.33 512.1-14.96
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 177.4 0.13 193.9-8.47
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3.7 0.00 5.0-24.89
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 60.3 0.05 81.9-26.28
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 10,172.2 7.64 8,918.314.06
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 36,180.2 27.17 18,461.295.98
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,274.7 0.96 1,289.8-1.17
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 267.4 0.20 53.0404.37
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 86.4 0.06 314.9-72.56
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,991.0 2.25 1,792.966.82
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 525.0 0.39 923.6-43.16
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 113.9 0.09 28.8295.50
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 172.6 0.13 409.5-57.86
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 483.2 0.36 457.75.57
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 266.4 0.20 72.9265.60
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 289.2 0.22 374.0-22.68
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,584.4 2.69 3,514.71.98
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce