Tunisia

Supply/Demand Basics

  • 865 TMT corn imports and 650 TMT barley imports in MY 2019.
  • 21 TMT of DDGS imports in MY 2018/19 from the U.S., same as 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 continues devaluating against foreign currencies. In February 2019, the Tunisian Dinar/ U.S. Dollar exchange rate reached an all-time high of 3.07.
  • Inflation rate fixed at 6.5% in 2019 compares to 7.5% in 2018, 6.9% in 2017 and 4.2% in 2016.

Trade and Market Share Overview

  • USGC office for the MEA region is currently located in Tunisia.
  • The feed grains demand was steady due to high inflation rate.
  • Higher competition of Corn from Black Sea and South America countries.
  • In 2019, barley was imported mainly from the Black Sea and France.
  • In 2019, corn was imported mainly from the Black Sea 63%, U.S. 19%, Brazil 11%, and Argentina 7%.
  • In 2019, compound feed prices continue to rise slightly in Tunisia due to the continuing Tunisian Dinar devaluation versus U.S. Dollar and Euro.

Policy Overview

  • There is no import duty on all feed grains except a 2.5% duty on corn, Sorghum and SBM.
  • In April 2019, the government remove the ban of frozen red meat imports and the U.S. Beef, Poultry and Egg Products gain new market access in Tunisia.