Free Trade Agreements
Tunisia is a member of the Arab Maghreb Union (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya), which nominally allows duty free trade among members but for which barriers to trade remain. It also has an associate membership with the European Union, allowing preferential access for most Tunisia exports, except certain textile and agricultural products. Tunisia formally ratified its association agreement with the European Union in June 1996. The agreement will, over a 12-year period, gradually lower tariffs to zero. Tunisia receives assistance from the European Union for its local industries during the transition period. Tunisia is also a member of the Arab Free Trade Area.