Tunisia

Supply/Demand Basics

  • 995 TMT corn imports and 650 TMT barley imports in 2018.
  • Increase of DDGS (44 TMT) imports in CY 2018 from the U.S. compared to 10 TMT in previous year.
  • Price sensitive market with less emphasis on quality.

Country Overview

  • Population / growth: 11.7 million / 1.1%
  • Urban % / growth: 67% / 1.22%
  • GDP / growth (PPP): $40.26 billion / 2.6%
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $10,849
  • Political instability and the fragile security situation after the 2011 revolution are negatively impacting tourism and foreign investment.
  • Tunisian dinar constantly devaluating against other currencies.
  • Inflation rate rose 7.5% in 2018, compares to 6.9% in 2017 and 4.2% in 2016.

Trade and Market Share Issues

  • USGC office for the MEA region is currently located in Tunisia.
  • Drop of feed grains demand due to the devaluation of the Tunisian Dinar compared to the U.S. Dollars and Euro.
  • Higher competition from Black Sea countries.
  • In 2018, barley was imported mainly from the Black Sea and France.
  • In 2018, corn was imported mainly from the Black Sea 55%, U.S. 32% and Argentina 12%.
  • In 2018, compound feed prices in Tunisia has been increased dramatically due to Tunisian Dinar devaluation.

Policy Issues

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