Trade Data Analysis

Morocco: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Morocco: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade profile for 2018

In 2018, Morocco exported and imported goods to and from the rest of Africa to the value of US$2.3 billion and US$2 billion, respectively. Morocco’s intra-Africa exports account for 8% of Morocco’s total exports, and imports for 4% of total imports for 2018. Some highlights:

  • Between 2017 and 2018, intra-Africa exports increased by 1%, while intra-Africa imports increased by 30%. Imports of all the main products increased, most notably imports of petroleum oils (not crude) and cobalt ores and concentrates. Imports from the DRC and Libya more than doubled.

  • 33% of intra-Africa exports are fertilisers and prepared or preserved fish. Other export products include insulated wire (4%), frozen fish (4%) and passenger vehicles (3%). The top 10 export products account for 56% of total intra-Africa exports.

  • 31% of intra-Africa imports are petroleum gas and other gaseous hydrocarbons. Other imports include dates, petroleum oils (not crude), cobalt ores and concentrates and coffee.

  • Morocco mainly trades with those African countries that are members of AGADIR and PAFTA or the countries with which FTAs are in place. In terms of total intra-Africa trade (exports + imports) the main African trading partners are Algeria (21% of total intra-Africa trade), Egypt (15%), Tunisia (9%) and Senegal (5%).

  • 22% of intra-Africa exports are to other African countries that are also members of AGADIR and PAFTA, while 9%, 8% and 3% of intra-Africa exports are to Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea – countries with which Morocco has FTAs in place. Ivory Coast (8% of intra-Africa exports) and Nigeria (6%) are the only main African destination markets not covered by the preferential trading arrangements Morocco currently has in place.

  • 81% of intra-Africa imports are sourced from other African countries which are members states of AGADIR and PAFTA, most notably Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia. South Africa and the DRC, accounting for 4% and 3% respectively of intra-Africa imports, are the main African source countries outside Morocco’s current preferential trading arrangements. However, the DRC is one of the 33 African LDCs granted unilateral preferential access to the Moroccan market.

Intra-Africa tariff analysis

The MFN applied tariff of Morocco consists of 18 tariff bands; however, the majority of imports are levied 2.5% import duties (53% of the tariff lines at HS10), 25% import duties (19% of the tariff lines) and 10% import duties (14% of the tariff lines). Only 10 tariff lines are duty-free, while 136 tariff lines are levied 100% duties, 1 tariff line a 170% import duty and 64 tariff lines 200% import duties.

Most goods imported into Morocco from the AGADIR and PAFTA member states enter duty-free.

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Morocco: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | June 2019
Infographic: Morocco – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | June 2019
Morocco: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | July 2018
Infographic: Morocco – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | July 2018

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