The crisis is worsening on the side of several international transport professionals. The latest border closures with several European countries have once again plunged them into the financial crisis. If some have the authorization to cross the strait peacefully and transport their goods in peace, despite this closure, others do not have this ” luxury ”.
Joined by Hespress Fr, several professionals in the international transport sector, in particular unaccompanied baggage and parcel carriers, saw their trucks stranded in Spain, repeatedly searched and returned to Morocco. Reason? Borders with Spain closed since March 2020.
But this border closure has not completely paralyzed the traffic of goods between Morocco and Spain. Only companies and companies authorized by the Ministry of Transport and Logistics can cross the strait, assures us Fatima Machkour, professional in the sector and member of the Association of Professionals in the International Transport of Parcels and Unaccompanied Luggage in the region. of the Oriental, noting that the latter measure had a strong impact on them.
” One year after the start of the pandemic and its repercussions in Morocco, our hopes are still dashed and our situation is even more difficult. We are on the verge of bankruptcy, on the verge of collapse, precisely because of the non-intervention of those responsible for the sector, in particular the Minister of Transport, to resolve our situation ”, said to Hespress Fr Fatima Machkour, owner of an unaccompanied baggage transport company, based in Fez.
According to our interlocutor, the professionals affected by this measure sent around ten correspondence to the government and the supervisory authority, but neither that, nor the organized sit-ins or even the written questions of parliamentarians to the presidency of the government or the various media coverage. of this case, did not.
“Our situation is increasingly serious. I am a woman who supports a whole family. But the financial pressures due to this blocked situation at the borders weigh on my shoulders. I have the drivers’ fees, the agency fees, the accumulated bank loan fees, the costs of material needs, the customs charges … Faced with this situation and the lack of interest of the guardianship in the face of the pressure weighing on us , we are on the verge of bankruptcy. Moreover, several companies have gone out of business” , she says.
Another point raised by this transport professional is that unaccompanied baggage carriers returned by Spain, following this border closure and given that they do not have the authorization, find themselves paying the costs. customs twice, without having accomplished their mission, namely to send the packages to their destinations.
How to obtain this authorization for international transport remains a mystery for the professionals affected, she notes.
The distress situation of this category of international carriers was raised in February 2021. According to industry players who confided in Hespress Fr, the epidemiological condition continues to directly affect their financial situation and those responsible for the transport sector in Morocco, in particular the department of Abdelkader Amara, did not intervene to try to find a solution to their situation.
To be continued …