The opening of customs in Sebta and Melilla is quite possible according to the head of Moroccan customs, Nabil Lakhdar. Even they are difficult to set up because of the geographical location of the two border crossing points.
The subject remains very sensitive between the communities of the two countries, who see it as a brake on their black market. With the installation of commercial customs at the level of the two enclaves, Spain and Morocco will be able to benefit from additional revenue during the transit of goods.
Until now, only a customs office was installed at Melilla, before being closed in 2018. But during the new roadmap signed by Madrid and Rabat, a series of measures have been taken, including the opening of commercial customs offices for both Melilla and Sebta.
In a statement to Efe, the Director General of Customs of Morocco, Nabil Lakhdar, today stressed that it would be possible to establish a customs infrastructure with the two enclaves after certain necessary modifications.
The head of customs made an update to the Spanish agency after contradictory remarks he had made in a Moroccan media. He had declared that the geographical conditions of the two cross-border crossings did not allow opening these customs. But according to his statements to Efe, these remarks were “erroneous” and would have been “taken out of context”.
Thus, he affirms that the customs dossier is a political affair between the two respective governments which is decided at the level of the ministries of the Interior and that “the customs administration will carry out all the decisions taken by the political authorities”.
“When the two ministries agree on aspects related to Sebta and Melilla, we apply them,” he said, reiterating that his administration “does not take political decisions.”
However, he pointed out to his Spanish counterparts the geographical difficulties presented by the current structure of the two crossing points in view of the passage of trucks and trailers without disrupting the transit of passengers, he explained.
But that when the “political decision is made, we will apply it” by making the necessary changes, he insisted.