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United Kingdom to Morocco

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Import Documentation

A Certificate of Origin is required for all commercial Textile shipments with a value greater then 22.00 Euros (or equivalent in local currency) depending on the Harmonized Tariff Code.

If an EUR1 or an invoice declaration as described below is provided by the shipper ,no separate Certificate of Origin is required.

application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which cumulation is applicable. The system of cumulation is making it possible to use materials originating in the EU, the EFTA, Turkey, Faroe Islands or any other country or territory which is participant in the European-Mediterranean Partnership.

The system of cumulation allows using materials originating in other countries or territories than the exporting country or territory for the production of goods and counting them as originating in the exporting country or territory. These materials must be imported covered by valid preferential proofs and must be originating in countries or territories covered by the system of cumulation of the trade agreement. In case all the requirements are fulfilled the value of the material can be added to the material originating in the country or territory of export.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR-MED)

An invoice declaration EUR-MED can be made out by a so called approved exporter for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

For more information about the status of an approved exporter please see Invoice Declaration EUR1

. The exporter making out an invoice declaration EUR-MED must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration EUR-MED has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration EUR-MED shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which cumulation is applicable. For more information please see EUR-MED.

The text of the invoice declaration EUR-MED is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

For more information,please refer to Free Trade Agreements

The EUR1 certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR1)

An invoice declaration can be made out by a so called approved exporter for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The customs authorities of the exporting country or territory can authorised exporters who frequently exports products under the Agreement to make out invoice declarations irrespective of the value of the products concerned. Exporters granted with such an authorisation are referred to as approved exporter. The customs authorities grant him with a customs authorisation number which shall appear on the invoice declaration.

The exporter making out an invoice declaration must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

The text of the invoice declaration is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

For more information,please refer to Free Trade Agreements

Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.

An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to proof that his products fulfil the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.

The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs above.

For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

A Packing List is required for multiple pieces import shipments.

An HTS ( harmonized tariff code ), full description ( composition, end of use etc ), unit of measurement, unit price and total price either in EUR or USD needs to be included.

The above has to be noted on both the packing list and commercial invoice.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

Shipments in the value range 873.00 GBP - 2000 GBP have full and formal individual electronic export declarations which are completed within 14 days of export.

Shipments exceeding 2000 GBP and those that need control on export (for example, temporary exports, return after repair, export licenses) require formal and full electronic export declaration and positive Customs clearance prior to export.

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Shipments valued over US$125.00 may be held by Customs pending contact with the consignee to pay duty and taxes. The consignee must clear the shipment jointly with UPS in Morocco.

A written Power of Attorney is mandatory to be submitted to enable UPS broker to clear shipments on behalf of the consignee. This POA has to be printed on consignees company head letter, stamped and legalized by Moroccan municipality as well as to be approved by Moroccan customs.

In addition the importer needs to be an authorised importer with valid EORI number. Otherwise the consignee needs to submit the import clearance documents to customs himself. Delays may occur but the process is totally out of UPS control.

Furthermore there is a requirement for all brokers to identify their customers through an ICE ( common Identifier of the company) number when generating the summary declaration.

All dutiable shipments entering Morocco must have the correct value declared.
Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from certain cities.

UPS Maroc operates in Casablanca, Mohammedia, Rabat,Sale, Fes, Meknes, Tangier, Marrakech and Agadir.

Rest of the country or territory is covered by Amana which is the Moroccan Poste.

PODs should be keyed in UPS system 2 days after the delivery.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0100/ Fall +0000
Arabic
Moroccan Dirham(MAD), US Dollar(USD)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Morocco. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Alcoholic beverages can be accepted for import. The type of alcohol, the percentage and the volume must be stated on the invoice. Excise duty will be applicable.

Once arrived to Morocco customs will ask the consignee to provide an authorization from the ministry of agriculture to import wine or vodka.

For duties and taxes the consignee has to pay 49%+20% VAT taxes of how many hkl of alcohol in the vodka which is named * LATIK* and the amount is 7000 MAD*, approximatley 710 Euros.

Even for Free Domicile the consignee must provide the authorization themselves.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
The consignee must provide authorization from the Ministry of Information. This may cause delays of 3-4 days. Books and any other printed matter containing maps are only acceptable when Moroccan Sahara (Western Sahara) is shown on the map as within Morocco. If the map does not conform to this, the shipment must be abandoned.
Clothing, knitting and fabric accessories are subject to Moroccan quality control service. When the weight of the shipment exceeds 5 KGS, clearance will automatically take at least 2 days.
Companies importing cosmetics must provide a special authorization from the Quality Service Control.

Private individuals do not need the authorization providing they do not import more than 3 pieces and the total weight of the shipment does not exceed 1 kg.

An import delay of 3-4 days may occur.

An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
A maximum of five blank disc can be shipped and must be sent on a MAWB.

Note: Computer discs for commercial purposes incur very high duty and can take between 7-10 days for them to be released from Customs.

Shipments of films (promotion, training, commercial) are subject to censorship and will require an approval from the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (Centre Cinematographique Marocain).
Shipments of food and drinks must be sent on a high value MAWB and is subject to sanitary control (health inspection). This may cause delays of 3-4 days.
Depending on the substances of Food Supplements ,can be considered as Medicine.

The consignee in this case has to provide the prescription from a Moroccan doctor in order to proceed with Customs clearance.

Data shipments require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
For medicine for personal use in Morocco, the consignee must provide a prescription from a Moroccan doctor to present to customs.
Shipments of newspapers are subject to censorship.
Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Shipments of pharmaceuticals for commercial use require an Import License. Shipments must be sent on a high value MAWB and are subject to sanitary control and authorization from the Ministry of Health. This may cause delays of 3-4 days.
Shipments of grain samples require an original Phytosanitary Certificate from the origin and authorization from the local Ministry of Agriculture.
All invoices for textiles must contain a full description of the textile composition for Customs. For example: 10% cotton, 50% Viscose, 40% Algodon. A sticker with this information must be on every type of textile.

Textile shipments will not be charged taxes if they weigh 5 kg (11 lbs.) or less and are valued 28.00 Euros or less.

Textile shipments will be charged 11.00 Euros in taxes if they weigh 5 kg (11 lbs.) or less, their value does not exceed 45.00 Euros, and the consignee is a textile company or textile company representative.

Textile shipments will be charged taxes of 68.25 percent of their declared value if they are valued greater than 45.00 Euros, and they are a permanent import (rather than a temporary import). A Certificate of Origin is required.

Textile shipments imported as a temporary admission by the importer’s own broker will not be charged taxes.

All video imports are subject to censorship control and can take up to 2 weeks to clear. If the content is promotional film, duties are approxiamately 3,422.50 Euros, otherwise minimum duty is 69.50 Euros.

Gift Exemptions

No Information found on this topic for the selected country or territory.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Morocco must include 3 original invoices.

All invoices must contain a full description of the goods and their value for Customs. The invoices must be provided in original form on a company letter head and stamped and signed by the shipper

Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

The consignee's telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice.

UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments, up to a limit of 15 kg per shipment. Above this limit, shipments are considered non-documents and an invoice is required. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Calendars are only acceptable when Moroccan Sahara (Western Sahara) is shown on the calendar as within Morocco. This includes calendars which are contained within documents. If the calendars do not comply with this restriction they must be abandoned.
Blank checks to banks only, are accepted.
Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents.

Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices cannot be sent as documents.

Maps are only acceptable when Moroccan Sahara (Western Sahara) is shown on the map as within Morocco. This includes maps which are contained within documents  if the maps do not comply with this restriction they must be abandoned.
Intercompany publications only.
Blank stationery.
Must be personalized to be considered documents.

UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Morocco.

Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
Artwork requires an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

The shipper must put a realistic value on the invoice. The value is the estimated replacement value and affects the amount of duties and taxes charged.

Shipments of jewelry must be sent with a high value MAWB. This may cause delays.

Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package

. Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

UPS Maroc cannot Customs clear jewelry even if it has been sent as Free Domicile. The consignee must do the clearance and then bill as Prepaid.

Hazardous and non-hazardous.
  • Dry, wet and blue ice
  • Infectious substances
  • Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
    Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
      ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

    Special Clearance Requirements

    Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

    The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

    • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
    • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
    • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
    • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

    Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

    Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

    • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
    • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
    • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

    Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

    New requirements have been implemented for small package shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 125.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 125.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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