The agricultural shutter of the agreement of association between Tunisia and the European Union
- First protocol: Tariff quotas, customs reductions and the calendar of export of the Tunisian agricultural produce at their entries at the markets of the European Union.
- Animal products
- Seedlings and seeds
- The other processed agricultural produce
- Second protocol: The export of the fishery products towards the countries of the European Union
- Third protocol: The specific regime with the importation in Tunisia of the agricultural produce coming from the European Union
The AGRICULTURAL SHUTTER OF the AGREEMENT D’ ASSOCIATION BETWEEN TUNISIA AND the European Union
The agreement of association signed in 1995, between Tunisia and the European Union was conceived on the principle of the introduction of a framework of co-operation and promotion of the bilateral relations in order to initiate relations of partnership and sustainable development.
This agreement took into account the agricultural sector through the facilitation of the exchanges of the agricultural produce and this by founding an inciting framework for the bilateral exchanges for one 5 years period. These advantages were to be revised in order to widen them and to maintain the reports/ratios even more privileged.
This agreement was revised in 2000 and this by improving the three draft-agreements relating to the trade section of the agricultural produce in order to liberalize, even more, the exchanges of the agricultural produce between Tunisia and the European Union.
The coming into effect of this new agreement started in 2001, it in the same way will be revised in 2005 in order to ensure a larger opening of the Tunisian and European markets and to improve the assets stipulated in the current agreement.
For this reason, it is to be announced that all while maintaining the assets of the old agreement, this agreement brought a widening of the list of the exonerated products of the rights and taxes of customs and an extension to the level of the tariff quotas and periods of export of certain products.
Products like the meat of ostriches, the grenades, the prickly pears were added in the list of the products exonerated without tariff fixing. The Tunisian olive oil profits for this reason from a tariff quota which was re-examined with the rise.
In against part of these assets, Tunisia granted certain advantages to agricultural produce emanating from the European Union. Among these products one could quote corn, soya, rice, plant oils, common wheat and sugar.
The agricultural shutter of the partnership agreement between Tunisia and the European Union constitutes an opportunity to seize in order to promote the production and the export of the Tunisian agricultural produce, it makes in fact only to reinforce one agricultural sector in full growth.
This agricultural shutter of the partnership agreement between Tunisia and the European Union is in fact made up of 3 draft-agreements namely:
Tariff quotas, customs reductions and the calendar of export of the Tunisian agricultural produce at their entry at the markets of the U.E.
- SECOND PROTOCOL:
The export of the fishery products towards the countries of the U.E.
- THIRD PROTOCOL:
The specific regime with the importation in Tunisia of the agricultural produce coming from the U.E.
TARIFF QUOTAS, CUSTOMS REDUCTIONS AND LECALENDRIER D’ EXPORT OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE TUNISIAN ÀLEURS ENTERED TO THE MARKETS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.
This protocol relates to the advantages granted to the Tunisian agricultural produce exported towards the countries of the European Union.
1 – FRUITS:
1-1-1- exonerated fresh Fruits all the year without limitation by a quota:
• The dates are exported packed up with a unit weight which does not exceed 35 kg.
2-1-2 fresh Fruits profiting from a reduction all the year without limitation by a quota
2-1-3 fresh Fruits profiting from a reduction all the year within the limit of a quota
• The fresh oranges are exonerated from the rights and taxes of customs and this for a tariff quota of 35123 T with an annual increase of 3%, this quota will be in fact of 39335 T in 2005. In addition exported quantities to the quota profit from a customs reduction of 80%.
• The tariff quotas of almonds and apricots undergo an annual increase of about 3% and this up to 2005.
2-1-4 fresh Fruits exonerated during well defined periods:
The table grapes and the plums exported apart from the period known mentioned do not profit from any customs reduction.
2-1-5 fresh Fruits profiting from a reduction douaničre during well defined periods:
2-2 conditioned or processed Fruits:
2-2-1 conditioned or processed Fruits exonerated all the year without limitation by a quota:
2-2-2 conditioned or processed Fruits profiting from a customs reduction all the year without limitation by a quota:
2-2-3 conditioned or processed Fruits exonerated all the year within the limit of a quota:
The SPECIFIC REGIME WITH the IMPORTATION IN TUNISIA OF the PRODUITSAGRICOLES Coming from the European Union
One of the main components of this protocol is the dismantling of the customs duties over one 5 years period for certain agricultural produce originating in the European Union exported towards Tunisie.Parmi these products one could quote: – Seed oils (a quota of 100.000 Tons) – the common wheat (a quota of 230.000 Tons) – potato seeds (a quota of 16500 Tons) – but (a quota of 1500 Tons) – rice (a quota of 4000 Tons). D’ other products will profit from tariff quotas and this by applying customs duties between 15 and 43%.