Unlocking Tunisia’s unexploited export potential"

Tunisia - 26 June 2020

Trade topics: Regional Integration

The European Union (EU) has long been Tunisia’s leading trade partner. Bilateral trade increased sharply after Tunisia and the EU signed an Association Agreement in 1995 aimed at creating a free trade area for goods, excluding agricultural and fishery products. Between 2013 and 2017, four EU countries – France, Italy, Germany and Spain – received 60% of Tunisia’s exports. Main exports were textiles, machinery, transport equipment and extractives. If we exclude Libya and Algeria, Tunisia’s neighbours and strategic partners, only 5% of Tunisia’s exports went to African countries during that period. This is a very low share, particularly considering the country’s potential. See details:  https://ecdpm.org/great-insights/african-continental-free-trade-area-agr...