(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – In 2017, customs seized 5.3 million counterfeit items, as part of the fight against fraud and smuggling. The seizures generated MAD 95 billion, a new record high.
During a roundtable on the presentation of customs procedures organized by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Morocco (CCSM), the director general of the customs administration, Nabil Lakhdar, explained that the seizures increased by 15 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year.
This rate is expected to increase between 30 and 40 percent in 2018, generating approximately MAD 100 million.
Moroccan customs collaborate with the National Ports Agency (ANP) and the National Office of Airports (ONDA) to improve the competitiveness of port and airport hubs in launching a series of new offers and services to reduce costs and delays, the director general explained.
He added that his department is working on the construction of a customs training institute that will be launched in 2019.
'Customs is a true partner who is committed to making your life easier and making the environment in which you operate safer,' Lakhdar said to the representatives of the various companies present at the meeting.
In addition to the presentation of customs statistics, he roundtable allowed the professionals to share their questions and ideas with the customs administration, with the aim of improving the nature of their work.