Tunisian olive oil: direct export to UK possible (ministry)
08/06/2021 14:48, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The Ministry of Trade and Exports said olive oil exporters who have a high interest in the UK market can start direct export.

The decision falls within a partnership agreement concluded last October 4 by Tunisia and the United Kingdom which came into force in January 2021.

This agreement provides for the exemption of an annual quota of Tunisian olive oil (7,723 tonnes) from customs duties. This quota covers all virgin olive oil varieties in line with customs tariffs.

Tunisia exported the equivalent of 124.7 thousand tonnes of olive oil from November 1, 2020 to late April 2021 for a value of 991 million dinars. The exported volume includes 111.7 thousand tonnes of olive oil in bulk and 24 thousand tonnes of packaged olive oil.

Olive oil production posted a fall by 140 thousand tonnes in comparison with the previous season (440 thousand tonnes).

Tunisia eyes an export quota to the European Union of 56,7 thousand tonnes by late 2021.

The partnership agreement came into force early January when the UK left the EU (the Brexit).

The agreement covers agricultural produce exclusive of free-trade products in the shape of annual quotas, including an olive oil quota of 7,723 tonnes exempted from customs duties.

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