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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory of all appliances (not valued)
  • Original residence permit (duly approved by the Ministry of Interior)
  • Original work permit (duly approved by the Ministry of Employment)
  • Original ID card, if applicable (for returning citizens, both spouses for married status)
  • Letter of accreditation (diplomats)
  • Packing list in French (diplomats)
  • Diplomatic franchise / exemption (diplomats)
  • Authorizations issued by the Ministry of Tourism, allowing the customer to have a secondary residence (secondary residences)
  • Proof of purchase by the appropriate government office (secondary residences)
  • Sales Contract of secondary residence (secondary residences)

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods must have the work permit, residence card, and proof of ownership, or pay estimated taxes of 40% to 60% of total value of goods.
  • An advance copy of the original bill of lading must be sent to the destination agent with name matching the passport exactly.
  • For non - citizens employed in Tunisia, all items previously imported must be exported upon departure.
  • All shipments are subject to an inspection at the point of entry (POE), except diplomatic shipments.
  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance, except diplomats.
  • For non - citizens entering Tunisia via employment contract, the original work permit is required for Customs clearance; if not available, additional port storage and container demurrage charges will be charged.
  • If the owner of the goods is unable to provide a residence permit at clearance, a temporary importation of his personal effects may be applied for 12 months by means of establishing a bank deposit.
    • The deposit will be cancelled within the allowed period of time upon presentation of required residence permit / work permit (non - citizens on employment contracts with duty-free entry).
  • The owner of the goods should be present in Tunisia at least 2-3 weeks prior to the shipment’s arrival to be accredited by the Tunisian Government and present the diplomatic franchise / exemption, which must be approved by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Customs Administration.  
    • It takes approximately 1 month to be duly approved by both agencies (diplomats).
  • The packing list should be faxed to the destination agent in advance of importation with a copy of the original bill of lading in order to avoid delays (diplomats).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Owner of the goods’ passport
  • Original bill of lading
  • Original registration / insurance certificates (in owner of the goods’ name)

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
  • Vehicles are subject to inspection; report must show the engine number and type of vehicle.
  • The vehicle details must be stamped on the owner of the goods’ passport.
  • Customer may temporarily drive the vehicle for a period of 3 months during clearance.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and state that the animal has been free from disease for at least 6 weeks prior to import.
  • The vaccination record must be dated 30 days to 6 months prior to arrival and include immunization against rabies.
  • Quarantine is not required for healthy animals.
  • Animals subject to examination upon arrival.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Plants: a phytosanitary certificate is required
  • Appliances, electronics and computers: 1 of each item is allowed; make, model, and serial number must be included on the detailed inventory
  • New items (dutiable)
  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (400 g)
    • Alcohol (5 bottles)
  • Perfume (reasonable quantity)
  • Films, videotapes, publications, books, satellite receivers, faxes, walkie-talkies, and telephones are subject to automatic confiscation for returning citizens and temporary hold by Customs for non - citizens with employment contracts with duty-free entry; these items are allowed entry only with authorization from the appropriate authorities.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic, obscene and subversive materials
  • Weapons, ammunition and explosives

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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