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Kiosk360. The level of orders for the sector is at its highest and the sector’s export turnover shows a growth of 33%. Even the principals who had turned their backs on Morocco are back. This article is a press review taken from the daily L’Economiste.
The textile sector is booming. The sector’s export turnover is up 33% and operators are filling up on orders. Even the principals who had disappeared from the radar for 10 years are back. All segments of this labour-supplying sector are on an upward trend. Generally oriented towards Spain and France, the Moroccan export offer now targets other markets, such as Germany.
In a daily interview The Economist, the new president of the Moroccan Textile and Clothing Association (Amith), Anass El Ansari, confirms the trend. This return to good shape in a sector which has suffered from the effects of Covid-19 is explained, according to him, by the reconfiguration of the supply map, with the principals preferring proximity. On the scale of the Mediterranean region, Morocco is a benchmark. “Our exports are at their highest level in the last five years,” says El Ansari.
The prospects for the future, at least in the short term, are promising. The order books for the summer are full and those for the autumn-winter season will follow, according to the daily. If the subcontracting model remains the watchword in the sector, “our ambition is that the Moroccan textile offer improves its added value by increasing the share of co-contracting and the finished product in its overall production”, affirms the president of the Amith.
The Moroccan textile industry must nevertheless adapt to new consumption habits by being able to meet new environmental, social and sustainability requirements. An imperative already initiated, several regions of Morocco including in particular recycling units of textile waste into fibers and derived products.
There also remains a challenge: online sales sites that are undermining operators’ ability to invest in the domestic market. El Ansari speaks of a form of unfair competition, purchases being so far exempt from duties and taxes. The system in force exempts from customs duties “products and objects with a value not exceeding 1,250 dirhams, sent to natural or legal persons, having their habitual residence in Morocco”.
The trend is set to end. From July 1, 2022, all shipments from abroad to Morocco of goods purchased online will be subject to customs duties, regardless of the value. So decided the government during its Council held today by adopting a decree aimed at strengthening customs control of shipments related to transactions carried out via electronic platforms.
By Nabil Ouzzane