Spanish Civil Guard at Algeciras Port Ask MREs to Pay 31% of Vehicle Value
Rabat – Moroccan residing abroad have been asked to pay 31% of their vehicle’s value in order to cross the Algeciras port, in Spain.
MREs, who have been returning to their host countries after spending the summer holiday in Morocco, have encountered entry difficulties at Algeciras port.
Spain’s Civil Guard at Algeciras port has imposed new regulations, without prior notice, on MREs leaving the port.
MREs driving cars with temporary plates have been surprised by Spanish authorities asking them to pay 31% of the car’s value. Drivers who do not pay the new tax will have their cars seized. Spain now considers the cars as imported without a declaration.
The information has been shared by an MRE through a video posted on youtube on August 20. In the video, the MRE explains the new tax imposed on Moroccans arriving in Spain.
“Since 5 in the morning, I arrived at Algeciras port, I was blocked by Spanish customs. [Mercedes] GLA 2018, you have 6,000 to 7,000 to pay,” said an MRE in the video.
He added that Spanish customs seized a Mercedes C63 and asked the owner to pay 20,000. The MRE was unable to pay the tax and his car was seized. The car owner was later taken to the hospital after he lost consciousness.
MREs who are unable to pay the tax are forced to wait near their impounded vehicles.
In a second video, the MRE reveals that some MREs sleep near their vehicles, while some have children and babies.
“Some sleep near their vehicles, some with their children and babies under a blazing sun. Others were attacked by Spanish Customs and some were verbally harassed,” he denounced.
He encouraged Moroccans living in France to file complaints against the Civil Guard as soon as they get onto the French soil.
In a third video, the MRE revealed that the Moroccan customs are aware of the situation but have taken no action to support the MREs affected.
The MRE who posted the videos contacted the French embassy in Morocco to complain but was told they could not help him.