Morocco

Supply/Demand Basics

  • Steady growth of corn imports, 2.2 MMT in 2018.
  • Decrease of local barley crop 2 MMT and imports of 429 TMT in 2018.
  • Growing imports of DDGS and CGF, 281 TMT in 2018.
  • Price-sensitive market with moderate emphasis on quality.

Country Overview

  • Population / growth: 36.1 million / 1.27%
  • Urban % / growth: 59.9% / 1.9%
  • GDP / growth (PPP): $109 billion / 3%
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $7,485
  • Open-market oriented economy with good diversity. Morocco has increased investment in port, transportation, and industrial infrastructure to position itself as a hub for business throughout Africa.
  • Morocco’s economic growth remains sluggish in 2018 despite unexpected growth of cereal production.
  • Political stability and no security issues compared to neighboring countries to the west and the south.

Trade and Market Share Issues

  • The Argentina is the lead corn supplier with the U.S. at second place with 42% market share.
  • E.U. and the Ukraine are the main barley exporters to Morocco.
  • No barley exports from the U.S.
  • Poultry and dairy are the main consumers of imported corn.
  • Under terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) both beef and poultry from the U.S. were approved admittance to Morocco.

Policy Issues

  • U.S.-Morocco FTA is no longer advantageous as other export origins receive the same import duties on corn and other feed products.