A ceremony was organized by the Tunisian Customs on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 to announce that the status of authorized economic operator (AEO) was granted to 21 Tunisian companies.
According to the Tunisian Customs, this status allows operators to benefit from a certain number of facilitations including online declarations.
Speaking at the ceremony, Finance Minister Ridha Chalghoum called on all companies to adhere to this system which is a mark of trust between the two parties (customs and companies).
Obtaining this status involves a number of conditions essentially related to a customs situation in good standing for the last three years prior to the submission of the application for membership as well as the fiscal and financial situation and compliance with safety and security standards.
The status of Authorized Economic Operator is granted, according to an agreement between the General Directorate of Customs and the operators concerned, to any company based in Tunisia carrying out an activity related to foreign trade or logistics.
The Directorate-General for Customs grants the status of authorized economic operator in three categories. According to the provisions of this decree, the Tunisian Customs grants this status to companies operating in the field of foreign trade under certain conditions.
The company must have a healthy customs situation, especially during the last three years preceding the date of filing the application.
It must also have regularized its fiscal situation and its financial situation and that of its managers must be healthy in the last three years.
The company must keep commercial accounting in accordance with the legislation in force, and by using computer systems that meet the requirements of the customs control.
The company must have a healthy situation vis-à-vis the social funds.