Agro-industry: Morocco’s Exports Have Doubled in less than a Decade

Exports of agri-food products recorded a growth of 97% with a share of about 21% of Morocco’s total exports, rising from 29.3 billion DH in 2010 to 57.7 billion DH in 2018.

In terms of volume, the exports of agro-food products reached for the first time in the history of the Kingdom a volume of about 3.1 million tons during the 2018-2019 campaign, representing a growth of 9% compared to the 2017-2018 campaign and 57% compared to the 2010-2011 campaign, says a statement issued at the end of the board of directors of the Autonomous Establishment for Export Control and Coordination (EACCE), Morocco Foodex, held recently in Rabat under the chairmanship of the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forestry Aziz Akhannouch.

The board of directors, which was attended by the president of the Tangiers-Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA), Fouad Brini, customs representatives, representatives of inter-professions and professionals from different export sectors and members of the board, was marked by the presentation of the project for the digitalization of the technical control system “Easy Food Export”, the result of a successful partnership between Morocco Foodex, Tanger Med, the administration of the Customs of Indirect Taxes and the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) and whose launch date is scheduled for early February 2020.

This is a project eagerly awaited by exporters which aims to simplify export formalities, improve the transparency of the technical control system and significantly reduce the time of completion of export procedures of Morocco Foodex, the same source said, adding that the new system will save an estimated time of about 7 days for the technical approval of export units, about 2.5 days for the registration of exporters traders and about 1.5 days for the process of compliance control of agricultural and maritime food products intended for export.

Board members were thus able to note the good progress of this project, which concerns all exported agricultural and maritime food products, all export regions and all exit points.

It should be noted that the external services of Morocco Foodex carry out each year about 140,000 control operations at the level of the whole national territory, covering about 450,000 lots, and take about 13,000 samples for laboratory analysis in order to guarantee the conformity of exported agricultural and maritime food products to the legislative, regulatory and normative requirements of the destination markets. These operations concern about 1 400 export units and about 4 000 exporters.

This new system therefore represents a real opportunity to boost the growth of exports of agricultural and maritime food products, the press release continued.

The Council also welcomed the opening of the Green Corridor between the Moroccan customs administration and the Russian customs services. This project falls within the framework of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Federal Republic of Russia and consists of a prior exchange of data by electronic means between the Moroccan customs administration and the Russian customs administration, with a view to speeding up customs procedures.

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