Rabat - Two-hundred and twenty attempts to illegally transfer money, worth MAD 39.5 million, abroad from Morocco have been recorded during the first six months of 2017.
Rabat – Two-hundred and twenty attempts to illegally transfer money, worth MAD 39.5 million, abroad from Morocco have been recorded during the first six months of 2017.
The figure is a 62 percent increase from the same period in 2016, when 136 cases worth MAD 28.2 million were registered.
The Bab Sebta border crossing with Spain has already seen 55 attempts to illegally export money this year. The other most popular locations are airports across the country: Marrakech-Menara (48 attempts), Fes-Saiss (30), Tangier’s Ibn-Battuta (28), and Rabat-Salé (22). The Beni Ansar border post in Melilla registered 15 attempts, while Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport registered 13, and Agadir’s Al-Massira airport registered six.
Moroccans themselves were the main nationality who tried to illegally smuggle money, attempting to export MAD 24.4 million. Next were French nationals (MAD 2.3 million), Iraqi nationals (MAD 1.9 million), Spanish nations (MAD 1.8 million), Mauritanian nationals (MAD 1.5 million), British nationals (MAD 713,141) and Iranian nationals (MAD 617,542).
At customs, passengers are required to declare if they are transporting currencies in banknotes of a value equal to or greater than MAD 100,000.