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Moroccan citrus exporters call for help as campaign promises to be problematic

Moroccan citrus growers and exporters are in a pickle. “The export campaign that starts this week is shaping up to be very difficult,“ says M’Hammed Loultiti, president of the Interprofessional Citrus Federation (Maroc Citrus). He points at steep increases costs of logistics and containerized maritime transport.

Excess costs vary between 1.20 and 1.50 DH / kg depending on the destinations and the mode of transport. This is almost the equivalent of the producer’s average revenue over the past three years.

“Consequently, the markets of North America and probably those of the Gulf countries will not be served during this campaign,” the president of Maroc-Citrus reveals. This will result in a shortage of exports of the order of 15% of the overall volume.

Estimated losses at 2 billion DH
Concerning the Russian market, which usually absorbs 35% of exports Moroccan citrus fruits, it is planned to use conventional refrigerated boats (in bulk). However, this mode of maritime transport has also soared by 20%.

The federation president continues: “It turns out, it's imperative to deploy a safeguard plan for the sector. With key financial support as the key, especially logistics costs.” Failing that, the citrus sector could plunge into a crisis that would precipitate its disappearance from export.

[ 1 DH = €0,095 ]


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