Morocco tightens certification rules for imports

Morocco has implemented new more stringent certification rules for electronics imports into the North African country.

The Kingdom of Morocco’s Ministry of Industry and Trade introduced the new product conformity assessment program early last month, according to a blog post by the global certification company SGS.

The program requires that products destined for Moroccan markets must be assessed for compliance with applicable regulations and standards, with 80 percent subject to control at origin and 20 percent to be controlled at the Moroccan border.

As well as consumer electronics, the new rules cover most imports with the exception of agri-food and pharmaceutical products. The goods subject to control in their origin country should be shipped with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC), SGS noted.

In order to assess whether a product should be inspected at origin or destination, or is exempted, the Moroccan tariff book, HS Codes of ten digits, the product and applicable standards and thresholds (along with technical datasheets and the proforma-invoice made by the exporter) are required.

According to SGS, some of the administrative procedures may be relaxed if the Moroccan authorities consider an exporter reliable due to their previous import operations and compliance with regulations.