Tunisia

Supply/Demand Basics

  • 977 TMT corn imports and 300 TMT barley imports in MY 2019/2020.
  • 15 TMT of DDGS imports in 2019 from the U.S. but no imports in 2020.
  • Tunisia aquaculture industry has started importing U.S. corn gluten meal.
  • Price sensitive market with less emphasis on quality.

Country Overview

  • Political instability and the fragile security situation after the 2011 revolution continue to negatively impact tourism and foreign investment.
  • The Tunisian Dinar has stabilized against the U.S. dollar.
  • Inflation rate in Tunisia dropped to 5.7% in 2020 versus 6.7% in 2019 and 7.5% in 2018.

Trade and Market Share Overview

  • USGC office for the MEA region is currently located in Tunisia.
  • The feed grains supply dropped by 10% compared to the previous year mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the lack of tourists and the fall of poultry meat demand by 20%.
  • In 2020, barley imports were cut in half due to good rains in the previous year. The Black Sea and France are the main exporters of barley to Tunisia.
  • In 2020, corn imports were from the Black Sea 54%, the U.S. 16%, Argentina 15%, Brazil 7%, and Romania 5%.
  • In 2020, compound feed prices were steady despite the pandemic outbreak. Since October, prices began to rise dramatically due to the high level of imported feed grains.

Policy Overview

  • There is no import duty on all feed grains except a 2.5% duty on corn, sorghum and SBM.
  • The US Senate adopted, on February 27, a resolution which plans to establish a dialogue between the United States of America and Tunisia to conclude a free trade agreement. No further progress has been made to date.