Describes the bilateral and multilateral trade agreements in which this country participates, including with the United States. Contains websites and other resources for U.S. companies to get more information on how to use these agreements. Tunisia has signed a number of agreements aimed at facilitating trade and guaranteeing investment and trade in goods. The Agadir Agreement, a framework agreement signed in 2004 with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, allows free trade between the signatory countries. Tunisia has separate bilateral free trade agreements with Algeria and Libya, but trade with Algeria remains low, while trade with Libya has declined sharply since the Arab Spring. Algeria and Libya accounted for only 4% and 1% of total Tunisian trade in 2018. Tunisia is also a member of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), composed of Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. The provisions on the protection of intellectual property rights (Article 23 and Annex V of the IPR) include, inter alia, patents, trademarks, copyrights and geographical indications.
They are based on the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and provide for a high level of protection taking into account most-favoured-nation principles and national treatment. Customs duties applicable to bilateral trade in goods between the United Kingdom and Tunisia will continue to apply from the entry into force of the Agreement. However, in some cases, non-preferential rates may actually be lower due to changes to the UK`s most-favoured-nation tariff schedule. The free trade agreement includes trade in industrial products, including fish and other seafood products, as well as processed agricultural products. In addition, some EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Tunisia have concluded bilateral agreements on basic agricultural products, which are part of the instruments for the creation of the free trade area. The Agreement applies to trade in fish and other seafood products (Article 4(1)(c) and Annex III). The EFTA States shall grant duty-free access to imports of all Tunisian fishery products. As regards EFTA exports to Tunisia, the Agreement provides for a reduction in customs duties under quotas from the entry into force of the Agreement. A further reduction of customs duties on these products is under review by the Contracting Parties, but a total elimination of customs duties on all fish and seafood products is foreseen no later than eighteen years after the entry into force of the Agreement. In addition to these reductions in trade tariffs, the Association Agreement also contains provisions that the EU and Tunisia have agreed upon: they can use online tool trade with the UK and verify the export of goods to verify information on customs duties and rules that currently apply to trade in goods in the UK.
These tools are regularly updated to reflect changes. Although the AMU is primarily a political organization, it allows duty-free nominal exchanges between members, but some barriers to trade remain. In March 2019, the Tunisian parliament ratified the country`s official accession to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA, a common free trade area of twenty member states that stretches from Libya to Swaziland). In addition, Tunisia wishes to become a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and is a signatory to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). You can obtain certificates of origin a posteriori from your usual supplier as soon as the contract takes effect. The tariff quotas in the Agreement have been specially adapted to the United Kingdom. . . .