US trade with Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017

Published or Updated: May 17, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Tunisia

In the 4th quarter of 2017, US trade with Tunisia totaled $266.1 million, up 24.96% ($53.1 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US exports to Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $160.5 million, up 28.97% ($36.0 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US imports from Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $105.6 million, up 19.33% ($17.1 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US trade surplus with Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 was $54.9 million, a 52.72% increase ($18.9 million) over the 4th quarter of 2016.

Tunisia was the US 95th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 100th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0255% of US total trade (up from 0.0221% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Tunisia was the US 88th largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 95th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0394% of US total exports (up from 0.0328% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Tunisia was the US 96th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 92nd in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0166% of US total imports (up from 0.0152% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

US Exports to Tunisia

The major share of US exports to Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 33.50% of US total exports to Tunisia (39.27% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 33.36% of US total exports to Tunisia (19.65% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.03% of US total exports to Tunisia (8.09% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.33% of US total exports to Tunisia (11.80% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.31% of US total exports to Tunisia (7.52% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.13% of US total exports to Tunisia (1.86% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.13% of US total exports to Tunisia (2.50% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $24.7 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $9.8 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 $6.5 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $4.4 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) - an increase of $3.0 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $1.9 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1.8 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1.5 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $1.4 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $0.5 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th 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) - a decrease of $6.4 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $3.2 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $3.0 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $2.4 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $1.9 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $1.4 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $1.1 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $1.0 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $0.7 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) - a decrease of $0.5 million.
US exports to Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in Q4 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in Q4 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 160.6 0.10 0.0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 52.5 0.03 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,435.4 0.89 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 288.2 0.18 3,452.2-91.65
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 51,521.6 32.11 41,702.423.55
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 9.4 0.01 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0.0 0.00 2,414.5-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 154.3-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 36.9-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 74.7-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 41.9-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 187.1 0.12 188.4-0.68
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 101.3 0.06 795.7-87.27
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 47.5 0.03 35.633.26
26 Ores, slag and ash 281.0 0.18 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 8,224.0 5.12 14,648.3-43.86
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8,246.0 5.14 1,702.2384.44
29 Organic chemicals 299.5 0.19 70.5324.50
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,502.7 0.94 1,370.89.63
31 Fertilizers 360.3 0.22 287.125.51
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 250.4 0.16 24.6916.96
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 182.4 0.11 165.110.49
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 177.6 0.11 194.4-8.62
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 207.0 0.13 0.0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 23.7 0.01 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 585.2 0.36 2,504.1-76.63
39 Plastics and articles thereof 5,486.5 3.42 3,555.554.31
40 Rubber and articles thereof 378.4 0.24 196.792.39
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 158.8 0.10 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 384.8-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 43.0 0.03 45.0-4.50
45 Cork and articles of cork 6.0 0.00 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 4,856.9 3.03 5,849.1-16.96
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,970.9 1.23 3,382.9-41.74
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 40.1 0.03 77.4-48.18
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 24.6-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 10.0 0.01 0.0
52 Cotton 104.4 0.07 219.5-52.44
54 Man-made filaments 194.8 0.12 154.526.08
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,390.2 0.87 780.678.09
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 35.2 0.02 26.831.31
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 85.0-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 22.0 0.01 29.2-24.72
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 55.2 0.03 43.227.67
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 98.1 0.06 187.1-47.60
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,163.1 0.72 1,535.5-24.25
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4.2 0.00 3.810.86
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 337.3 0.21 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 11.4-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 12.9 0.01 20.0-35.38
69 Ceramic products 568.9 0.35 88.6542.18
70 Glass and glassware 257.0 0.16 302.2-14.93
72 Iron and steel 4,414.4 2.75 3.8115,701.86
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,496.0 0.93 787.390.01
74 Copper and articles thereof 13.9 0.01 0.0
75 Nickel and articles thereof 4.9 0.00 12.8-61.73
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 203.3 0.13 1,307.1-84.45
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 21.8-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 164.0 0.10 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 227.9 0.14 134.269.80
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 96.4 0.06 44.9114.96
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 8,831.4 5.50 6,984.026.45
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 5,861.4 3.65 2,877.1103.72
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 52.7 0.03 579.8-90.92
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 28,254.9 17.61 3,556.2694.53
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 6,839.2 4.26 6,324.48.14
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0.0 0.00 30.3-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,690.8 2.30 4,097.3-9.92
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 20.9-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 5,182.2 3.23 8,220.0-36.96
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 91.0 0.06 501.1-81.83
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 197.3 0.12 75.2162.15
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 48.1 0.03 35.734.43
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,467.0 2.16 1,932.379.42

US Imports from Tunisia

The major share of US imports from Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 41.66% of US total imports from Tunisia (36.66% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 15.12% of US total imports from Tunisia (17.20% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 13.78% of US total imports from Tunisia (11.85% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 12.24% of US total imports from Tunisia (17.94% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.95% of US total imports from Tunisia (4.99% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.44% of US total imports from Tunisia (0.86% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.11% of US total imports from Tunisia (0.74% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th 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 $10.4 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $4.0 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $0.9 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $0.7 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 $0.7 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $0.4 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter 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 $2.9 million;
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - a decrease of $0.7 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $0.7 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $0.5 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $0.5 million.
US imports from Tunisia in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in Q4 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in Q4 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 3.8 0.00 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 36.0-100.00
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 40.2 0.04 27.347.38
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 13.8 0.01 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 2,570.2 2.43 3,086.7-16.73
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 23.7 0.02 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 15.7-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 8,803.7 8.34 11,752.4-25.09
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 313.3 0.30 595.9-47.41
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 630.8 0.60 182.7245.28
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 62.0 0.06 104.1-40.40
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 159.4 0.15 39.6302.28
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 299.8 0.28 33.4797.84
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 78.6 0.07 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 14,471.0 13.70 10,484.238.03
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 45.7 0.04 44.42.89
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 9.6 0.01 32.9-70.88
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 605.6 0.57 187.0223.81
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 7.1 0.01 7.2-1.84
39 Plastics and articles thereof 360.0 0.34 222.262.02
40 Rubber and articles thereof 139.0 0.13 164.3-15.41
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 1.3-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,761.0 1.67 1,102.059.80
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 17.2 0.02 8.1112.32
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,494.9 1.42 642.5132.66
45 Cork and articles of cork 5.2 0.00 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 115.6-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 21.2 0.02 0.0
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 0.9-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 25.4 0.02 0.0
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 14.6-100.00
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 1.2 0.00 2.8-56.37
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3.0 0.00 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 1.3-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,380.1 3.20 2,676.726.28
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 11,360.1 10.76 11,330.00.27
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 862.0 0.82 675.327.66
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 322.4 0.31 511.7-37.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 7.5 0.01 4.182.04
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 273.5 0.26 270.41.13
69 Ceramic products 206.1 0.20 60.3241.77
70 Glass and glassware 231.5 0.22 5.44,156.20
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 10.7 0.01 20.2-47.00
72 Iron and steel 103.7 0.10 265.6-60.94
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,673.6 3.48 2,654.738.38
74 Copper and articles thereof 657.0 0.62 170.3285.81
75 Nickel and articles thereof 69.0 0.07 85.7-19.40
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,451.2 1.37 801.281.12
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 264.5 0.25 377.7-29.96
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3.2 0.00 46.9-93.21
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 55.8 0.05 13.2323.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 10,495.0 9.94 10,972.3-4.35
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 28,247.6 26.75 17,829.358.43
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,245.8 1.18 1,190.24.67
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 850.5 0.81 89.5850.26
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 166.6 0.16 108.753.23
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,979.1 2.82 2,248.332.50
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 528.8 0.50 1,257.1-57.93
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 63.7 0.06 0.0
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 411.1 0.39 359.314.41
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,152.4 1.09 836.637.74
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 98.7 0.09 15.2548.65
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 651.0 0.62 181.6258.42
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,801.1 3.60 4,520.8-15.92
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce