This is a continuity trade agreement modelled on and modifying the pre-existing EU-Tunisia Trade Agreement to which the UK was a party until 31st December 2020.
The new UK-Tunisia TA confers the same free trade elements which previously existed in both directions, with input cumulation of EU (and other) materials between the UK and Tunisia. However, as this is a bilateral agreement between the UK and Tunisia, there is no onward export cumulation for resulting goods if they are re-exported to the EU under the UK-EU TCA.
UK-Tunisia Trade Agreement
Official name: UK-Tunisia Association Agreement
Parties/territories: The United Kingdom and the Republic of Tunisia
Date of entry into force: 01.01.2021
The UK-Tunisia Association Agreement is primarily important for UK importers of Tunisian CMT fashion and accessories for the UK domestic market.
This briefing document is primarily intended for UK importers of Tunisian fashion products for the UK domestic market. Unlike Turkey with its full service offering of yarns, textiles and garment production, Tunisia is not currently a major textile producer.
UK companies with an EU subsidiary could export goods from Tunisia direct to the EU under the preexisting EU-Tunisia agreement.
UKFT has created a guide to give a basic overview of this new agreement, including details on:
Duty free basis and Preference
Fashion & textile HCC categories included on a duty-free basis
Fashion & textile HCC categories which will still attract duty/quota
Rules of Origin (ROI) requirements to qualify for the TA
Mechanism for proving/confirming legal origin and claiming preference
VAT required on import/export at the border
Goods in transit
Labelling requirements for goods imported from Tunisia into the UK
Standards and requirements
Intellectual property issues
How does this FTA replicate/differ from previous agreements before Brexit
The information set out in this guide provides a basic overview, however, UKFT has much more information and experience of how this market works.