Ease of Doing Business in


Tunisia Download Profile (1723.2KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 11,107,800
GNI Per Capita (US$) 3,970
City covered Tunis



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 77 75 down
64.89 63.91 down
Starting a Business 103 91 down
85.01 85.11 down
Dealing with Construction Permits 59 57 down
73.34 73.39 down
Getting Electricity 40 38 down
82.32 82.38 down
Registering Property 92 90 down
63.22 63.22
Getting Credit 101 127 up
45.00 35.00 up
Protecting Minority Investors 118 112 down
46.67 46.67
Paying Taxes 106 103 down
68.96 68.96
Trading across Borders 92 91 down
70.50 70.50
Enforcing Contracts 76 76
59.33 59.33
Resolving Insolvency 58 55 down
54.53 54.53

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Legal form Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SARL) - Limited Liability Company
Paid-in minimum capital requirement TND 0
City Tunis
Indicator Tunisia Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 9 7.9 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 11 20.2 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 4.7 26.3 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 9 8.6 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 11 20.9 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 4.7 26.3 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0 11.2 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Deposit capital in a bank opened in the name of the company to be incorporated

    Agency: Bank

    The company's capital must be deposited in a special bank account (“compte bloqué”), with the single purpose to deposit the capital. Once the business is created, the capital is reverted to a regular bank account.

    1 day no charge

    Register the Articles of Association with the tax administration in Guichet Unique (API) desk and obtain a certificate attesting that a declaration has been filed

    Agency: Industry Promotion (Agence Nationale de la Promotion de l'Industrie et de l'Innovation)

    Ten original copies of the articles of association are deposited with the tax administration, two original copies are kept by the tax administration, and six registered copies are delivered to the company for various formalities. Of these, three of the registered copies are required for formalities: two registered copies of the articles should be deposited with the court officer (greffe du tribunal), and one registered copy should be filed with the Tax Control Desk. If the company is eligible for the incentives of the Investment Incentives Code and is an export company (less than 30% of turnover is generated in the local market), the registration is filed with fiscal revenue service at the one-stop shop (Guichet Unique, API) desk, free of charge.

    1 day TND 150

    File declaration of existence with the Tax Control Desk (Contrôle des Impôts) and obtain carte d’identification fiscale

    Agency: Tax Control Desk (Agence Nationale de la Promotion de l'Industrie et de l'Innovation)

    The following documents are filed with the declaration of existence:
    - A printed signature form.
    - A registered copy of the articles of association.
    - A copy of the minutes of the nomination of the managers the managers are not designated by the articles.
    - A copy of the managers’ national identity cards (a copy of the passport for foreigners).
    - A copy of the rent agreement or the certificate of ownership of the premises where the head office is located.
    - Any administrative authorization that would be required to start business.
    - A copy of the APII declaration.
    - Bank receipt of the opening of the account (“compte indisponible").

    1 day no charge

    Deposit documents at the Greffe du Tribunal

    Agency: Court Clerk's (Agence Nationale de la Promotion de l'Industrie et de l'Innovation)

    The following documents are filed with the Greffe du Tribunal:
    - Printed forms (provided by the office) for the depositors to complete and sign (two copies).
    - The registered statutes (two copies).
    - The minutes that nominate the managers, if not designated by the articles of association.
    - Arabic translation of the main clauses of the articles (not always required)
    - The declaration of commencement of business with the tax administration and the tax identification card (two copies).
    - Document providing the headquarters address (two copies).
    - National identity card (or passport for foreigners) of the company manager(s) (two copies).
    - Fiscal stamp (denomination TND 15).
    - National identity card and professional identity card of the auditor (Commissaire aux comptes) - (two copies).
    - Two copies of the APII declaration
    - Two copies of the bank receipt

    1 day TND 50

    Advertise in the Official Gazette (JORT) with the Government Printing Office

    Agency: Official Gazette counter (API)

    The company incorporation must be announced in the Official Gazette. Upon visiting the counter of the Official Gazette, the founders, or any duly authorized person, must file the following documents:
    - Texts of the opinion to publish in Arabic and in French (typed).
    - A copy of the announcer’s national identity card. References attesting the deposit of an investment project declaration.
    This procedure does not hinder the subsequent procedures.

    7 days TND 100
    * 6

    Register with the Registre du Commerce at the Greffe du Tribunal

    Agency: Court Clerk's office (Agence Nationale de la Promotion de l'Industrie et de l'Innovation)

    To obtain the excerpt of the court’s company record, promoters must file the receipt of payment for the notice in the Official Gazette.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) TND 10 per excerpt, 3 excerpts are needed
    * 7

    Register for social security

    Agency: National Social Security Fund

    The company must register with the National Social Security Fund.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) TND 5
    * 8

    File a declaration with the labor inspectorate

    Agency: Labor inspectorate office

    Company founders must file (to be sent by registered mail) with the labor inspectorate three dated and signed copies of the declaration, which specifies:
    - The company name, business purpose, and headquarters addresses.
    - The company manager’s name, age, nationality, and address.
    - The social security affiliation number.
    - The number of permanent seasonal positions at the time of the declaration, and the name, age, nationality, and professional skills of the employees.
    - The number, date of issuance, and validity of the residence card for foreign workers.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
    * 9

    Make company seal

    Agency: Sealmaker

    This can be done at a private seal-provider

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) TND 10

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.