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Foreign trade: new regulatory provisions in the pipeline

By Ismail Benbaba | on 03/28/2022 at 10:44 p.m.

Moroccan exports have picked up again since the easing of containment this summer.

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Kiosk360. The competent authorities are fine-tuning the contours of a series of new regulatory provisions in the field of foreign trade. This article is a press review of the newspaper Today Le Maroc.

In its March 29 issue, Today Morocco is interested in foreign trade and tells us that new regulations are on the way.

“Law n°91-14 takes a new step in the circuit of its implementation. The draft decree n°2-22-30 taken for the application of this law is currently submitted for public comment on the portal of the General Secretariat of the Government”, reports the newspaper. The latter notes that it indeed tends to fix the methods of the provisions dictated by the law 91-14, in particular the inscription and the renewal of inscription on the register established in this sense, the elaboration and the adoption of the notebooks charges or the subscription and issuance of foreign trade documents such as commitments and import and export licenses as well as customs exemptions.

It should be noted that the draft decree sets, among other things, the terms of management of tariff quotas as well as those relating to the protection of national production. The presentation note of the said draft decree indicates that two commissions should be created within the government authority responsible for foreign trade. “Let us quote in this sense the advisory committee on imports responsible in particular for examining applications for tariff protection and giving its opinion on all questions relating to imports. Added to this is the interministerial commission for the coordination of international trade negotiations,” explains the newspaper.

This commission will be responsible for coordinating the drafting and adoption of the trade negotiation mandate and giving its opinion on all questions relating to international trade negotiations.

Law No. 91-14, which is part of the strengthening of the liberalization of trade in Morocco, provides for a framework for imports and exports of goods and services capable of achieving the protection of national production in particularly agricultural products and to ensure flow control. We learn that this register is instituted with the government authority responsible for foreign trade, which updates it and that it can be kept in electronic format, in accordance with the legislation and regulations in force.

It should also be specified that Law 91-14 opens up the possibility of subjecting the import and export to certain categories of goods, but on the condition of respecting specifications.

The daily also indicates that the latter is established by the government authority responsible for the goods covered by the said specifications, in consultation with the most representative professional organizations concerned and after consulting the government authority responsible for foreign trade. . It should be noted that they are drawn up according to the models fixed by joint order of the government authority responsible for foreign trade and the government authority(ies) concerned by the goods covered by the specifications.

It should also be noted that Law 91-14 provides for the protection of national production in the form of tariff protection or quantitative restrictions, and also sets specific provisions relating to the protection of agricultural products. Finally, it should be noted that the new text also sets general requirements aimed at framing the process of negotiating trade agreements with the Kingdom’s partners.

By Ismail Benbaba

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