Shelter dues, quay dues, pilotage, mooring/unmooring and towage charges are calculated in EUR according to vessels volume (cbm), defined as follows: LOA x maximum beam x maximum Summer draft.

The value of the maximum summer draught applied shall in no case be less than the theoretical value equal to: 0.14 by the square root of LOA x maximum beam. 

Other charges levied in Tunisian Dinars:

Péage dues are calculated on the cargo handled to cover the transit of the cargo within the port. Péage dues are generally for shippers/receivers account unless any special agreement/charter party specifies that same is for owners account (i.e. under "Africanphos" Charterparty). However, in order to avoid misunderstandings, owners are well advised to try to cover this point in the chartering negotiations.

Watchmen is compulsory at all ports in Tunisia.

Environmental protection. The Harbour Master of Tunis, La Goulette and Rades issued a circular stating that the collection of garbage is compulsory for all vessels calling at Tunisian ports.

To ensure compliance with the regulation, Masters must complete a "declaration of pollution prevention" form provided by the port agent. A "certificate of discharge of garbage" should be acquired from the company which collects the garbage to document that the vessel has fulfilled her obligations.

Stevedoring is subject to fixed stevedore tariffs, normally not negotiable.

Cargo handling charges. In accordance with a joint Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Transport decree dated 5 September 1997, in the absence of specific wording addressing cargo handling expenses appearing on the Bills of Lading, these fees will be allocated between shipowners and shippers/receivers on the following basis:

Vessels in regular liner service. Cargo in trucks or containers: All cargo handling costs, including lashing/unlashing of cargo are for the shipowners' account. Conventional cargo: The cargo handling costs, including lashing/unlashing of cargo, will be divided as 2/3 for the shippers'/receivers' account and 1/3 for the shipowners' account.

Casual callers. All cargo handling costs, including lashing/unlashing of cargo are for the shipowners' account.

Therefore, in order to avoid disputes, members are well advised to ensure that the shipping terms appear on the Bills of Lading.

Tunisia follows strict exchange control regulations in accordance with the Tunisian Central Bank which can effect freight settlement and refund of transmitted proforma disbursement amounts. Owners should therefore bear in mind that it is imperative that the agents/authorities receive the required documents well in advance.

Cargo reservation: before committing vessels on any Tunisian trade, foreign flag owners should investigate whether respective cargo is covered by any reservation agreement. In that case owners should apply for a transport permit for foreign flag traders at the Merchant Marine office. Some countries have a special agreement with Tunisia.

Value added tax of 19% (previously 18%) is levied on shelter dues, stay in port dues, mooring/unmooring, towage, stevedoring and pilotage. Vessels loading at Tunisian ports do not pay the VAT on unmooring or pilotage.

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