Customs in Tunisia

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Customs Procedures

Import Procedures
Operators in the economic free zone and imports necessary for production in companies totally engaged in export are not subject to carrying out any foreign trade formalities.

All goods benefitting from the free import regime are imported under cover of an import certificate and a commercial invoice.

Goods excluded from the free import regime can only be imported with import authorizations issued by the Ministry of Trade. These import authorizations are valid 12 months except for certain sensitive goods.
These applications, obtained from Chambers of Commerce, are filed against a receipt with an approved intermediary who sends them to the Ministry of Trade.

Imports made under the compensation scheme and imports without payment are subject to special regimes.

Customs procedures are as follows: either quick collection by simplified procedure (Request for collection authorization: DAE); or carriage to the factory under Customs seal or under escort; or inspection at the factory by the on-site Customs officer; or later regularization before export.

Specific Import Procedures
Customs procedures are as follows: either quick collection by simplified procedure (Request for collection authorization: DAE); or carriage to the factory under Customs seal or under escort; or inspection at the factory by the on-site Customs officer; or later regularization before export.
 

Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports

Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
From 10% to 230%, according to the product.

Tunisia sometimes applies anti-dumping duties for which the basis and the reasons for application are not clearly defined and which can sometimes be considered as minimum prices for the calculation of Customs duties.
Products Having a Higher Customs Tariff
Agricultural products are sometimes heavily taxed, except for goods from the AMU (Arab Maghreb Union).
Preferential Rates
Some products from the European Union (the agreement was signed in 1995) can also claim reduced rates. A preferential rate is also granted to imports from countries with which Tunisia has signed trade agreements.
Customs Classification
Tunisia applies the Harmonized Customs System.
Method of Calculation of Duties
Customs duties are calculated Ad Valorem on the CIF value of the goods.
Tunisia sometimes applies anti-dumping duties for which the basis and the reasons for application are not clearly defined and which can sometimes be considered as minimum prices for the calculation of Customs duties.
 

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