Aid for Trade at a Glance 2015 - How Aid for Trade Helps Reduce the Burden of Trade Costs on SMEs
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A survey of 600 exporters and importers in Tunisia shows that 80% face difficulties with non-tariff measures, which generate extra costs for companies.
Tunisian firms face barriers such as burdensome conformity assessment procedures, quotas and complicated rules of origin. There are also procedural hindrances, such as delays and high fees. Companies also report difficulties due to strict export requirements, such as inspection and certification for quality, as well as a lack of trade-related infrastructure. These issues need to be streamlined to raise competitiveness in international markets.