Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.S. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market.Last Published:7/14/2019Imported goods in Tunisia can be subject to tariff rates as high as 200%, depending on the product. The 2018 Finance Law increased tariffs on certain products. Tariff rates were increased to 36% on products such as salmon, natural honey, avocados, and pineapples, and to 30% on products such as washing machines and video monitors. Also, some products originally exempt are now subject to a 15% tariff, such as lubricating oils, tanning extracts, soap, adhesive preparations, pesticides, vinyl, pipes and hoses, hides and skins, kraft paper, sewing thread, natural pearls, screws, bolts, drilling tools, and dishwashers. Goods are subject to an additional customs formality fee, currently amounting to 3% of the total duties paid on the import. Certain imports are also subject to a value added tax (VAT). Tunisia's basic VAT rates are 19%, 13%, and 7%, with the majority of goods covered by the 19% rate. Tunisia calculates VAT on the base price of the goods plus any import duties, surcharges, and consumption taxes. A consumption tax is applicable to certain imported and similar locally produced items. Rates can vary from 10% to as high as 150%. The highest rates are applicable to luxury items. Automobiles with large engine capacity also carry a high consumption tax, with rates up to 277% for gasoline-fueled engines and 360% for diesel-fueled engines. Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://export.gov/usoffices.