Tunisia-USA: exports of handicrafts jump from 2 to 10% | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia-USA: exports of handicrafts jump from 2 to 10%

A practical guide to export Tunisian handicrafts to the United States was launched Friday in Tunis, on the occasion of the 35th edition of the Handicraft Creation Fair (from April 26 to May 5, 2018, at El Kram exhibition centre).

This guide presented at a signing ceremony of memoranda of understanding between Tunisia and the United States of America is made available to Tunisian artisans who want to export to the US market, said Marianne Guerin Mcmanus, representative from the US Department of Commerce.

This is the first sectoral document to address the concrete issues faced by the Tunisian exporter operating in the field of crafts, particularly in terms of market trends, wholesale and retail price customs and exports … “.

This document, produced by the Commercial Law Development Programme (CLDP) and funded by the US-MIDDLE EAST Partnership Initiative (MEPI), of the US State Department, is a complementary tool for artisans and can be downloaded from the sites of the National Office of Hanidcrafts (ONA), the Ministry of Commerce or MEPI.

The representative of the US Department of Commerce, also said, a group of American professional buyers, will cross the handicrafts show for three days, to order handicrafts products for the US market, to assess the show of the handicrafts creation and to appreciate, to what extent the Tunisian handicraft products are ready for export. The recommendations of these experts will be taken into account by the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts.

Chief of staff of the Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Nabil Bziouech said in a statement to TAP, that “Tunisia will have to increase the share of exports of handicrafts to the US market by only 2%, currently, to 10% over the next five years. This objective is part of the Department of Tourism’s strategy to promote export to the European and US markets.

He specified that only 10% of Tunisian handicrafts are exported abroad, especially to the European countries and those of the Gulf, and this despite the wealth and quality of Tunisian handicrafts.

The craft sector, with 75 branches, employs 350 thousand artisans, more than 83% of whom are women and contributes to the creation of more than 6,000 jobs per year. It contributes 1.8% of total national exports.

Source: TAP News Agency

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