From 1 January 2018 Tunisia will introduce a new tax on imported smartphones, computers and a list of other communications devices. The tax will be in the form of a import customs tax to be introduced by the country's Ministry of Finance.

The North Afrikan country will introduce an import customs tax of 20% on smartphones and computers as well as an increase of value added tax (VAT) from 6%, to 18%.

It is reported that the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) expressed concern about the effect that the taxes will have for consumers. UTICA stated that and that it expects the increas in taxes to directly affect the prices consumers will pay leading to an increase in prices of smartphones and computers in Tunisia.

Whether the tax wil have a negative impact on smartphone and computer sales in Tunisia remains to be seen. More concerning will be how this will affect Internet penetration in the country.

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