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E-commerce: Reinforced customs control

The Government Council, which met on Thursday under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, adopted draft decree No. 2.22.438, issued for the application of the Customs and Indirect Tax Code under the Customs and indirect taxes (ADII), relating to online purchases.

The text, presented by the Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget, Fouzi Lekjaa, aims to strengthen customs control of shipments related to transactions carried out via electronic platforms, through the modification of the provisions of Article 190 (e/2°) of the Decree No. 2.77.862, with the aim of explicitly excluding these transactions from the exemption from import customs duties, regardless of the value of these shipments.

“This decree, underlined the government spokesman, Mustapha Baitas, aims to regulate this market, which today goes beyond simple purchases made by citizens. In 2021, these online purchases exceeded one billion DH in turnover and the estimates made for this year show that they will reach two billion.

Today, he added during the press briefing following the Council of Government, when the price of an online product exceeds 1,250 DH, fraudsters spread it over several purchases in order to circumvent the laws today in force and not to pay the duties due to the State.

And to specify that “given the scale of this phenomenon and its negative effects on trade at the national level, we have decided to strengthen customs control. Thus, this decree, which comes into force on July 1, will allow the State to benefit from a significant financial windfall”.




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