TUNISIA

Logistic and forwarding services in Tunisia

Turkey

Capital City
Tunis

Population
11,18 Mio.

National languages
Arabic, French.

Currency
Tunisian Dinar

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 44.3 Mrd

GNP per person
USD 3.985

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 192,60 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 142,29 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Tunisia

Relations between the two countries have grown closer since the revolution in Tunisia in 2011. Tunisia is a partner in Switzerland’s 2011–2016 North Africa programme. As part of its strategy in North Africa, Switzerland is supporting Tunisia’s democratic transition process.

Economic cooperation

Switzerland is one of the most important foreign investors in Tunisia. Swiss companies are active in the Tunisian textiles, clothing and food sectors. In 2011, a Swiss-Tunisian chamber of commerce was established following the uprising in Tunisia.

 

Business language

Arabic, French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency Tunisian Dinar (tD) = 1000

Francs tunisiens (F) or = 1000 Millimes (M)

ISO code: TND

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Restrictive measures (since 31/01/2011): financial sanctions against certain persons and organisations. A distinction must be made between goods that require authorisation and those that do not on import. Imports that require authorisation are sub-divided into liberalised goods and those with quotas. An import certificate (certificat d’importation) is required for liberalised goods and is valid for 6 months.

The goods must be shipped directly to Tunisia within this time. An import licence (licence d’importation) or an import authorisation (autorisation d’importation) is required for goods which are subject to quotas.

A pro forma invoice (4 copies) indicating the country of origin is required to request an import licence. This must be certified by the competent Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Import licences are generally valid for a period of 6 months. Customs clearance must be completed no more than 14 days after expiry of the import licence.

VAT 18%

Certificat de Conformité: in some cases the certificate is requested by the exporter showing that the products in question generally meet European or international standards. Certificates are only required if they are requested by the importer.

Terms of payment and tenders

Based on letters of credit. Documents against payment when working with solvent importers. Invoices in EUR, mostly on a FOB or CIF basis. Correspondence in French or Arabic.

Insurance is required with an insurance company authorised in Tunisia from a goods value of 3.000 TND.

Designations of origin

Goods, the packaging, trade name, name, symbols etc. of which or the goods themselves could give the impression of being a French product must include the clear addition of “Importé de Suisse”.

Marking/labelling

There are special provisions for certain goods including those regarding the labelling (information can be obtained from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce).

Packaging

Seaworthy packaging. Do not use hay and straw.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

ATA Carnet for goods to be used at exhibitions and trade fairs and professional equipment.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) 5 commercial invoices in French with all standard information including the gross and net weight, terms of delivery etc. with no certification, commercial invoices should have the following legally binding declaration and be signed: “Nous certifions que les marchandises dénommées dans cette facture sont de fabrication et d’origine de … et que les prix indiqués ci-dessus s’accordent avec les prix courants sur le marché d’exportation.” Certification by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce is not required but is advisable.

b) Certificates of origin are normally not required, but if requested by the importer then certification by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Consulate is required. As the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.

c) For postal items up to 31.5 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in French.

d) uncertified bills of lading. Order bills of lading with a notify address are possible.

c) Movement certificate EUR. 1, 1 copy of evidence of preferential origin for goods which come under the EU-Mediterranean Agreement (Tunisia) for shipments of more than EUR 6.000. These are filled in by the exporter and issued by the customs office. Declaration: the signatory, the exporter of the goods described in this document, declares that unless otherwise indicated these goods meet the requirements of originating status in preferential trade with Tunisia and that these goods are originating products from the European Union. Place and date, signature of the exporter and name of the signatory in block capitals. Originating products from Ceuta and Melilla are to be clearly labelled with the initials “CM”.

f) EUR-MED

g) Packing list: if the invoice does not provide a clear overview of the goods contained in the individual packages, include a packing list that lists the type, trademark and contents of the individual packages clearly.