Moving to Morocco

Country Guide

Country Guide: Morocco

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: November 16, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy passport showing entry permit
  • Packing list
  • Certificate of change of residence (returning citizens; certificate must be stamped by the Moroccan
  • Consulate in the country of departure)
  • Original rated bill of lading (OBL) / express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory in French dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Invoices for electrical, hi-fi appliances and items bought less than 6 months prior to import
  • Resident permit / work permit / letter of employment
  • Salary advice for the last 2 years (returning citizens)
  • Exemption certificate, if applicable (returning citizens)

Specific Information

  • Documents must be express mailed 15 days prior to shipment arrival to apply for any possible duty-free exemption.
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free if they have been in the owner of the goods’ possession and use for a minimum of 6 months and an exemption certificate has been obtained.
  • Containers are systematically checked by Customs.
    • Therefore, it is recommended that electrical household appliances are loaded at the doors of the container for easy access by Customs.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original registration card
  • OBL / AWB

Specific Information

  • The OBL must state the engine number, chassis number, and weight of the vehicle.
  • To avoid unnecessary delays and charges for demurrage and storage due to lengthy Customs procedures, documents must be received by agent at least 1 month prior to shipment arrival.
  • Vehicles older than 5 years cannot be imported permanently but can enter the country for a period not to exceed 6 months.
    • Exportation after the 6 month period is required.
  • Diplomatic vehicles older than 5 months can be imported but must be exported upon the owner of the goods’ departure from Morocco.

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Authorization from the Ministry of Health (birds)

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued at the point of origin and issued within 10 days of import.
  • The vaccination record must be issued within 6 months of arrival in Morocco.
  • Authorization from the Ministry of Health is required for the importation of birds, including falcons and hawks.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Firearms and ammunition (only smooth barreled hunting weapons are permitted but retained by Customs until a firearm and hunting permit is obtained).
  • For this reason, firearms and ammunition must be easily identifiable and placed near the doors of the container.
Prohibited Items
  • Phones, answering machines, and fax machines
  • Unlawful drugs
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Morocco

Wikipedia Entry for Morocco