Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Morocco

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 08/05/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Morocco
On January 1, 2006, the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Under the agreement, duties on the majority of qualifying U.S. textile and apparel products entering into Morocco have been eliminated or will be eliminated in stages by January 1, 2011. All qualifying products will be duty-free by January 1, 2015. For more information on the agreement, see the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement in the FTA section.

U.S. textile and apparel exports that do not qualify under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement, are subject to non-preferential duties shown below.

Morocco ad valorem tariffs on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
2.5
-wool
5105-5110
2.5
-cotton
5204-5207
2.5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
2.5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
2.5
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
2.5
-wool
5111-5113
2.5 - 10
-cotton
5208-5212
2.5 - 17.5
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
2.5 - 10
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
2.5 - 17.5
........................
Knit Fabric
60
10 - 17.5
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
2.5
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
2.5 - 25
........................
Apparel
61-62
2.5 - 25
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
2.5 - 25
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
25

2.5 - 25

25

For more detailed tariff information, see the Administration des Douanes et Impôts Indirects, hold mouse over "La Douane Marocaine" at the top, then "Nos textes législatifs et réglementaires" then "Tarif des Droits de Douane". Also see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Customs Value--A list of "sensitive" products has been drawn up for products deemed to be sensitive to commercial fraud. That is, products where it has been noted that the value declared does not correspond to production costs or has been substantially reduced, products where there is a risk of unfair competition with identical imports, products in which import statistics show significant decreases in unit prices, as well as products in which declared value does not meet the criteria for determining customs value set out in the Customs Code. Products on the list includes various food products, cosmetics, household products, clothing, footwear and spare parts for vehicles. Authorities systematically check the value of these imported products.

To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Imports are also subject to a VAT (value added tax) varying from 0 - 20 percent, levied on the c.i.f. value plus any duties and taxes. Carpets are subject to verification and a 5 percent stamp tax.

A 0.25 percent parafiscal import tax applies to imported goods. The tax is not imposed on imports under customs regimes, capital goods, equipment and tools, spare parts and accessories needed to promote investment, duty free goods or goods not subject to import duties or taxes, or goods exempt from import duties and taxes in accordance with agreements or conventions signed with certain countries.

Temporary Goods/Samples--Goods imported under a temporary entry provision must be approved by decree of the Finance Ministry. Customs may authorize entry of goods on an individual basis. The limit for temporary entry is 6 months, renewable for up to two years. Temporary entry of U.S.-made goods may be effected with an "ATA Carnet" issued by a U.S Chamber of Commerce.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the Export.gov webpage on Tariffs and Import Fees.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Morocco)

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Director General des Douanes (customs office)
For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Export.gov.

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Import Restrictions (Morocco)
Import restrictions apply to used clothing, as well as, to rugs similar to those produced in Morocco. Used clothing is included on the list of products subject to import licensing, in accordance with Article 1 of Law No. 13-89 on trade. Licences for the import of used clothing are not granted for public health and safety reasons.

U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - Morocco
The Institut Marocain de Normalisation - IMANOR (Moroccan Standards Institute) drafts and promotes Moroccan standards, issues certificates of conformity with standards and normative references, provides training in standards and implementation techniques and represents Morocco in international and regional standardization organizations.

Mandatory standards currently apply to textile products, and imports require a certificate of conformity from the Textile and Leather Industry Certification Commission (Commission de Certification des Industries du Textile et Cuir).

As a result of commitments made in the FTA, Morocco has improved transparency in it's government rule making. The FTA builds on WTO obligations, which Morocco has applied to improve the transparency of its government rule-making process. In particular, Morocco now invites foreign participation and comment in the development of standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures. In addition, Morocco includes explanations of how external comments have been treated in the final drafting.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Institut Marocain de Normalisation - IMANOR
(Moroccan Standards Institute)

Direction de la Normalisation et de la Promotion de la Qualité
Hay Riad Rabat, Morocco
Tel: (212) 37 71 17 72
Email: abdesselamb@mcinet.gov.ma

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 2014 global guidebook on Understanding Chemical and Physical Requirements for Footwear

ASTM International


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Labeling - Morocco
For textile and apparel imports it is mandatory that the label include fiber content, country of origin, and size/dimensions. In addition, apparel must be labeled with care instructions. For yarns, the Tex/Decitex measures as well as the Ne number should be indicated on each cone. For fabrics, a separate label with identical information should show on the packaging. Carpets and rugs must be labeled with technical specifications and usage conditions. It is also compulsory that all labels be in Arabic and French language. Inclusion of the manufacturer and importer information remains optional.

The metric measurement is mandatory. Moroccans are not familiar with U.S. measurements and standards. Metric measurements are common on both local and imported products. Also, unlike in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries, most Moroccans use exclusively the same numbers (characters) as those used in the U.S. When using the date format (xx/xx/xx), U.S. exporters should keep in mind that unlike in the U.S., the date format should be (dd/mm/yy).

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Intellectual Property Rights - Morocco
The Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office - Office marocain de la propriété industrielle et commerciale (OMPIC) is responsible for administering industrial property titles (patents, industrial designs and trademarks) and keeps the Central Commercial Register. Copyright and related rights are administered by the Moroccan Copyright Bureau - Bureau marocain du droit d'auteur (BMDA) (Arabic only).

Pursuant to its FTA obligations, Morocco enacted legislation that increased protection of trademarks, copyrights, patents, and undisclosed test data. The United States-Morocco FTA includes strong intellectual property protections and led Morocco to strengthen its own IPR laws. Included in the Agreement are strong anti-piracy provisions and the right for authorities to seize, forfeit, and destroy counterfeit and pirated goods, as well as the equipment used to make them. The Agreement also requires each government to provide criminal liability for Internet piracy, even if there is no motivation of financial gain.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

Export.gov --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

StopFakes.gov


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Market Information - Morocco

The Export.gov Africa Portal is a one-stop shop for trade assistance in Africa. The U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with the U.S. Department of State helps your business grow by offering commercial and trade facilitation services in most African markets.

Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

There is no central procurement office for the Government or any single authority responsible for awarding contracts. Ministries, government owned enterprises and local authorities award contracts themselves. Open or competitive bidding or bidding with prequalification must be published in at least two national newspapers (one of which must be in Arabic and the other in a foreign language) and on the government procurement website in French and Arabic. It may also be published simultaneously in the official gazette of legal, judicial and administrative announcements, in specialized publications or by any other means, in particular, electronically.

The United States-Morocco FTA requires the use of fair and transparent procurement procedures, including advance notice of purchases and timely and effective bid review procedures for procurement covered by the Agreement. Under the FTA, U.S. suppliers are permitted to bid on procurements for most Moroccan central government entities, as well as the vast majority of Moroccan regional and municipal governments, on the same basis as Moroccan suppliers. The anticorruption provisions in the FTA require each government entity to ensure that bribery in government procurement is treated as a criminal offense or is subject to comparable penalties.

U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Center near you or contact an international office.

Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

Export.gov Trade Data & Analysis webpage

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and
U.S. Department of State Country Background Notes

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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