Tunis/Tunisia — The trade balance of fisheries products remains stable to the end of May 2021, recording a surplus of 102.7 MD against 101.5 MD, during the same period of 2020, according to the bulletin of the (National Observatory of Agriculture (ONAGRI).
Exports of fishery products have recorded, until the end of May 2021, an increase of 38.8%, to reach 11.1 thousand tonnes against 8 thousand tonnes recorded during the same period in 2020.
The value of these exports increased by 17.4% to reach 224.2 million dinars (MD), until the end of May 2021, against 191 MD during the same period of 2020.
This rise is explained by the growth of exports of crabs, from 796.1 tonnes in 2020 to nearly 2090.8 tonnes in 2021. A jump in value is also recorded, from 8.6 MD to 19.6 MD in 2021. Exports of sea bream have increased by 900 tonnes in quantity and 8.9 MD in value.
Exports of fresh tuna recorded an increase in quantity of 488 tonnes, with a leap in value of 32.8 MD
Exports of shrimp recorded a change of 536.4 tonnes, followed by an increase of 21.8 MD in terms of value.
Regarding export prices, they have recorded a regression of 15.7%, from 23.9d/kg in May 2021 to 20.1d/kg in May 2020. This decline is due to the decline in prices of fish and shellfish.
Increase of 28.4% of imported quantities of seafood
Imports of fishery products have reached during the first 5 months of 2021 about 24.4 thousand tonnes, worth 121.5 MD, against 19 thousand tonnes worth 89, 5MD during the same period of 2020, an increase of 28.4% in terms of quantities and a rise of 36% in terms of value.
This increase is explained by the 4432 tonnes rise in imports of frozen tuna for industrialization. A slight increase is recorded in the average import prices, from 0.3 d/kg in May 2020 to 5d/kg in May 2021.