In the remainder of 2022, the Gafsa Phosphate Company aims to focus on restoring its traditional customers and markets in the global phosphate market, through a strategy that aims to supply several clients from Asia and Europe, in particular, with Tunisian phosphate, after more than 10 years of hiatus. Tunisian exports of phosphate to these customers.
An official source with this company specialized in the extraction and production of phosphates told TAP, “The work of this company will focus during the coming period on reviving Tunisian exports of commercial phosphate, within a plan that covers the remainder of 2022 and includes pumping at least 300,000 tons. of this material to European and Asian markets.
In this context, the company is preparing to ship about 50 thousand tons of commercial phosphate to customers from France, Brazil and Turkey, among the manufacturers of chemical fertilizers from the public and private sectors in these countries, before the end of this month, after the company had supplied the same customer. At the beginning of this year, the French had large quantities of phosphate, and it is one of the traditional craftsmen that Tunisia lost in recent years due to the decline in national production of phosphate to less than 4 million tons per year, compared to 8 million tons in 2010.
This official pointed out that the tendency to focus on restoring Tunisia’s traditional customers, especially in the global phosphate market, comes after the Gafsa Phosphate Company succeeded in supplying its local fertilizer manufacturers, namely the Tunisian Chemical Complex and the Tunisian Indian Fertilizer Company, with an important stock of commercial phosphates allowing them to Actively and by manufacturing chemical fertilizers for a period of months and continuously, for example, that the chemical complex’s stock has now risen to 720 thousand tons, which is the highest stock since 2011, and is close to the level of the stock of 2008, he said.
During this period, Tunisia receives increasing demands for phosphate, especially from France, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The need to convert it into fertilizers, all factors that will help the Gafsa Phosphate Company implement its strategy of restoring its traditional craftsmen, and consequently reviving Tunisian phosphate exports.
He stated that negotiations are currently underway with tradesmen from Indonesia in order to buy large quantities of Tunisian phosphate, saying that “the negotiations have reached the stage of discussing the schedule for supplying this country with quantities of phosphate, as well as the quality of phosphate that Indonesia’s customers want,” adding that other negotiations were launched with Customers from Pakistan for the supply of Tunisian phosphate.
The growing demand for Tunisian phosphate coincides with the remarkable rise in the prices of phosphates and fertilizers in global markets, which would support the country’s revenues from hard currency, and improve the financial balances of the Gafsa Phosphate Company, which has suffered over the past years from “inkram” due to the decline in production The national phosphate and its sales locally and globally.
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