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Import/Export

United States to Morocco

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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.

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 kg (11 lbs.), clearance will automatically take 2 or more 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.

A maximum of 5 blank discs can be shipped and must use the MAWB shipping document.

Note: Computer discs for commercial purposes incur very high duty and can take 7 to 10 days to clear 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 use the high value MAWB shipping document and are subject to sanitary control (health inspection). This may cause delays of 3 to 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.
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 country or territory of 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.

Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.
All video imports are subject to censorship control and can take up to 2 weeks to clear. If the content is promotional, duties are approximately 3,422.50 Euros; otherwise, a minimum duty of 69.50 Euros is applied.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Morocco.

Acids are prohibited.
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.

Furs are prohibited.
Dry, wet, and blue ice infectious substances are prohibited.
Goods originating in Israel are prohibited.
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.

Knives are prohibited.
Hazardous and non-hazardous liquids are prohibited.
Paints are prohibited.
Passports are prohibited.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Precious metals are prohibited.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
Weapons are prohibited.
X-rays are prohibited.

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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