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Tunisia's textile & apparel exports rise
Jun '11
Tunisia's textile and clothing sector's exports saw an increase of 10.15 percent to 2.282 million Tunisian dinars during January to May of the current year, over the corresponding period in 2010.

The latest data released by the Textile Technical Centre 'CETTEX' shows an 11.8 percent jump in textile exports during the first five months of 2011. The apparel exports showed an increase of 9.9 percent during the same period.

The country's exports to all its traditional customers saw an increase during the period with the highest being 27.3 percent to UK, followed by 25.9 percent to Germany, 21.1 percent to Netherlands, 18 percent to Spain, 11.1 percent to Belgium, 7.3 percent to Italy, and 5.5 percent to France.

In 2010, Tunisia maintained its fifth position as apparel exporter to the EU supplying €2,309 million worth of goods (4,400 million Tunisian dinars). The EU, in fact, accounts for 96 percent of Tunisia's textiles and clothing exports, with the leading importing countries being France (33.2%), Italy (29.1%), Germany (11.5%) and Belgium (6.7%).

During the five months, Tunisia's textile and apparel imports also rose by 10.21 percent to 1612 million dinars. The major countries from which Tunisia imported were Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.

The textiles and apparel sectors together constitute a major chunk of manufacturing sector in Tunisia. There are 2,036 textile and apparel units, which form 34.9 percent of the total Tunisian industries. The textile and apparel units employ 199,500 people, i.e. 39.2 percent of the total jobs in the manufacturing sector.

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