Tunisia

Market Snapshot 2018 - Tunisia - Commodity Table

Supply/Demand Basics

  • 1.050 MMT corn imports and 600,000 MT barley imports in 2017.
  • Infrequent DDGS (10,000 MT) imports due to lack of corn sales from the U.S. for possible combination shipments.
  • Price sensitive market with less emphasis on quality.

Country Overview

  • Population / growth: 6 million / 1.14%
  • Urban % / growth: 04% / 1.44%
  • GDP / growth (PPP): $135 billion / 2.3%
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $12,000
  • Political instability and the fragile security situation after the 2011 revolution are nega tively impacting tourism and foreign investment.
  • Tunisian dinar constantly devaluating against other currencies.

Trade and Market Share Issues

  • USGC office for the MEA region is currently located in Tunisia.
  • Feed grains demand constant due to less demand from declining tourism.
  • Higher competition from black sea countries.
  • In 2017, barley was imported mainly from the Black Sea and France.
  • In 2017, Ukraine had 39% barley market share followed by France 27%, U.K.19%, Romania 7% and Russia at 4% each.
  • The market is oversupplied with eggs, chicken meat, red meat and dairy products due to producers’ excess capacity and the sluggish economy.

Policy Issues

  • There is no import duty on all feed grains except a 2.5% duty on corn and soybean meal.
  • The government recently banned imports of frozen red meat.

Market Snapshot 2018 - Tunisia - Chart