Trade Compliance in Tunisia
- International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
- Main International Economic Cooperation
Member of the UMA (Arab Maghreb Union)
Bilateral agreements with the European Union.
The country is also part of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), a pact of the Arab League entered into force in January 2005 which aims to form an Arabic free trade area.
- Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets
As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
- Party of the TIR Convention
As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
- Accompanying Documents For Imports
Importing is carried out under cover of an import certificate which must be domiciled with an authorized intermediate bank on the basis of a pro forma invoice. This import certificate is valid for 6 months.
Firm sale exporting with payment of an amount over 200D is carried out under cover of a definitive invoice which must be domiciled with an authorized intermediate bank. These transactions are carried out entirely by electronic means.
- Free Zones
Bizerte Customs-free area
Zarzis Customs-free area
- For Further Information
Directorate General of Customs
Ministry of trade and crafts
Ministry of development and international cooperation
- Non Tariff Barriers
- Although Tunisia liberalized its import regime during negotiations with the WTO, a certain number of restrictions still exist. About 3% of goods need an import license (agricultural products, automobiles, textiles) issued by the Ministry of Trade. There are also some quotas, especially for consumer goods in competition with local industry. To obtain these licenses, a certain number of documents are required, such as the commercial contract (or other equivalent document), as well as information about the contracting parties, the products, their origin and where they come from. The licences are valid 12 months, in principle, from when the decision is made by the Ministry of Trade, which can, however, reduce this time for certain goods (but it can never be less than 2 months). The license can be partially used. It is not transferable.
- Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
- Agriculture, agri-food, industry.
- Assessment of Commercial Policy
Tunisia and WTO
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the EU.
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