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Morocco To Impose Customs Duties on Online Purchases From Abroad  

Written by FDM

All online purchases from abroad, regardless of value, will be subject to customs duties from July 1, 2022.

The government council meeting yesterday approved a draft decree on new import tariffs on all products purchased online from abroad.  “Starting July 1, 2022, purchases made via international e-commerce platforms will be excluded from import duty exemptions, regardless of value,” said a statement from the Indirect Taxes Administration (ADII).

This decree intervenes for the tightening of customs control on shipments relating to transactions carried out by electronic platforms, indicated the Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament, government spokesperson, Mustapha Baitas, during a press conference at the end of the Council of Government, held under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.

Mr. Baitas pointed out that several fraudulent practices have been detected with the aim of benefiting from the exemption from customs duties on transactions worth less than 1,250 dirhams.

He also asserted that these practices harm local trade and Moroccan industry in general, and deprive the State of important resources, which requires the regulation of this area, through adequate measures, noting that the turnover from these transactions amounted to approximately 1 billion dirhams (MMDH) in 2021, and could reach 2 billion MAD the current year.

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