Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy decided to extend the anti-dumping investigation on the import of notebooks from Tunisia for 6 additional months, thus the Tunisian school notebooks will still benefit from a zero customs rates during this period, said Dorra Bourji, Director of protection and defense against unfair import practices at the Trade Ministry in a statement to TAP.

Bourgi considered that the decision to extend the anti-dumping investigation is a positive sign and aims to reach a solution to this crisis, recalling that the Moroccan authorities had decided to apply high customs tariffs of 33.77% to 51.06% on Tunisian notebooks at the request of Moroccan professionals, who consider that the Tunisian notebook which is cheaper than that made in Morocco, dumps the Moroccan product.

The volume of the Tunisian notebook exports to Morocco is estimated at 7,000 tons, that is 33% of the Moroccan market needs.

Tunisia has not implemented any import taxes on products from Morocco, which were up by nearly 80% in the period between 2013 and 2017.

It is expected that Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Hichem Ben Ahmed will shortly meet with his Moroccan counterpart to discuss this file.