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2 Mln Counterfeit Goods Seized in Morocco in 2023

Morocco seized 2,021,886 counterfeit items in 2023 compared to 1,821,886 in 2022, with an overall estimated value of 19.9 Mln MAD, according to the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration (ADII).

622 requests for suspension of release for free circulation of goods presumed to be counterfeit were processed, compared with 682 in 2022, ADII pointed out in its latest report.

With the development of e-commerce, in particular sales via social media, which are a preferred channel for the distribution of counterfeit products, customs have stepped up their control mechanisms to combat this phenomenon, which is harmful to the national economy and consumers safety.

Regarding the scourge of smuggling, ADII stated that, as part of its mission to protect national companies and citizen health, it has increased its actions throughout the kingdom to monitor the flow of organized contraband and locate suspect warehouses, particularly in areas of high activity.

Custms also made significant seizures of goods (excluding cigarettes and stupefying substances) with an overall value of 262 Mln MAD, compared to 123 Mln MAD in 2022.