Morocco’s imports of Turkish textile increased by 200 percent between 2013 and 2017, causing the loss of about 46,000 jobs.
Rabat – Moroccan Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Rakiya Eddarhem, has said that the continuous increase in Turkish textile imports to Morocco has so far caused the loss of approximately 46,000 jobs between 2013 and 2016.
In a written answer to a question from a member of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Eddarham said that “the continuous increase in Turkish products has reduced the volume of textile sales of several producers in the local market,” Moroccan newspaper Al Akhbar reported Friday.
Domestic production destined for the local market fell by between MAD 11-13 billion, while production volume went down from 80 percent in 2013 to 69 percent in 2016.
A 200 percent increase in imports of Turkish products between 2013 and 2017 caused disruption to the textile industry destined for the domestic market, according to the government official.
Turkey has taken advantage of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) it signed with Morocco in April 2004. The agreement entered into effect in 2006.
The textile sector in Morocco is of great importance in Morocco as it employs approximately 35 percent of national industrial jobs, approximately 368,000 workers, and four percent of the total workforce, according to the 2016 statistics, Eddarham explained.
Eddarham said earlier last month that her department had taken some safeguard measures to minimize the disruption that the Turkish imports caused to the Moroccan textile industry, in accordance with the procedures stipulated in Article 22 of the FTA, Moroccan television channel Tele Maroc reported.
In the first phase of the FTA, Morocco applied 90 percent duty on some Turkish imports for a period of 200 days starting from January 8, 2018.
After consultations with the Turkish authorities, Morocco decided to extend the 90 percent import duty until December 2021, Eddarham said.
Morocco’s exports sales of the textile and leather sector in 2018 increased by MAD 1.6 billion from the previous year, according to Moroccan foreign exchange office.