An advantageous geo-strategic position for logistics activities growth

Due to its strategic location in North West Africa, only 15 kilometers away from Europe, Morocco represents a geostrategic intersection at the crossroads of major shipping lines. This position, coupled with an international port infrastructure, provides Morocco a world-class connectivity. Indeed, Morocco is at the top of the ranking of maritime connectivity in Africa and offers competitive access to important markets, specifically in Europe and Africa [1]

[1] Study on maritime transport  2020 « CNUCED

Morocco, a gateway to Africa

Le Maroc, un gateway pour l’Afrique

The African continent is making great strides towards promising prospects. Thus, by allowing significant margins and profits to be made for the companies set up there it attracts further foreign direct investments each year.

Fully rooted in its regional ecosystem, Morocco contributes actively to this dynamic through the deployment of numerous political, economic, financial and technical cooperation initiatives that have consolidated its historical commitment to Africa.

Giving a particular attention to the continent emergence, Morocco has created, by acting as a promoter of South-South cooperation, conducive conditions for closer relations with other African countries, thus promoting its positioning as a privileged gateway to Africa.

High-quality infrastructure to support the development of logistics activities

In order to develop a logistics hub vocation , Morocco has undertaken over the past decade, an ambitious policy by modernizing its infrastructures, especially through launching a large-scale projects aimed at providing the Moroccan economic environment with a modern and efficient infrastructure enabling it an effective opening up towards the international market.

Benefiting from a Royal Vision and a highly strategic priority, this policy has allowed significant progress in the development of transport infrastructure,mainly ports, motorways and railways, with world-class facilities,that effectively connect all Kingdom’s regions to each other and to the rest of the world and allow a better freight flows management.

Favourable framework for the development of logistics activities

Cadre favorable au développement des activités logistiques

In order to set up a competitive and dynamic freight transport system, adapted to to the challenges of the international competitiveness, Morocco has been committed, for several years, in a liberalization process of the transport sector including all modes of transport. In support of the logistics sector, major reforms, have been initiated in the air, maritime and road transport sectors to liberalize the national market, foster competition and private initiatives, and encourage the improvements of services offered and their integration with international standards.

Meanwhile, important progress has been made in facilitating international logistics. Morocco has, indeed, adopted numerous measures to simplify and accelerate the movement of cross-border operations, namely through the establishment of PortNet single window ( national Portal that facilitates the various foreign trade procedures) as well as major reforms of customs procedures, which has significantly reduced the containers port stay time.

Also, and thanks to several free trade agreements, Morocco enjoys nowadays the most liberal North African[1] economy. Indeed, through its economic openness and its adherence to international trade, the Kingdom has considerably improved its performance by strengthening its integration into the global economy.

Along the same lines, Morocco was ranked first in Africa according to the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index,[2] for the third year in a row since 2019, and 17th worldwide out of 50 countries, with a score of 5.17 in 2021.

This index is calculated according to three main criteria: the internal logistics of the country concerned, international logistics as well as business fundamentals such as (the regulatory environment, internal stability, market accessibility, etc.).

[1] According to Economic Freedom Index, 2020 edition - The Heritage Foundation/The Wall Street Journal

[2] « Agility Emerging Markets Logistics» 2021 report

Presence of world-class integrated operators

Présence d’opérateurs intégrés de classe mondiale

Since 2010, the national market has recorded an enhancement of the logistics operators’ environment, through the setting up of many international suppliers of quality logistics services and services with international logistics networks in Morocco , and the significant development of Moroccan operators with an increasingly diversified logistics offer.

Taking part into the enhancement of the Kingdom's vocation as a logistics hub and enabling it to take advantage from the confidence of world-class shippers, the qualitative evolution of the national logistics services offer was confirmed by setting up 14 3PL service providers ranking among the world's top 20 logisticians in Morocco , worldwide and the international positioning particularly on the African market of several national operators.

A promising market driven by a dynamic economy

Un marché prometteur, tiré par une économie dynamique

Thanks to a wide range of reforms undertaken and achieved by Morocco over the past decade, the Moroccan economy has recorded one of the highest growth rates in the MENA region[2].

Indeed, a wide range of ambitious sectoral plans have been launched under the guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI may god assist him, which fall within a modernization tendency of traditional sectors , such as agriculture, fisheries mining and developing innovative sectors such as renewable energies, logistics, industry, tourism and high added-value services, where Morocco offers real competitive advantages.

Set up by the public authorities, these plans have enabled the Moroccan economy to offer strong potential for public and private investment helping to make Morocco a promising market and an essential platform for investors.

[2] Morocco ranks Third in the MENA region, behind the United Arab Emirates and Barhrein According to the Doing Business Index, 2019 edition