Moroccan handicraft exports up 30%

23 de junho de 2016

Foreign sales increased in May of this year from May 2015. Traditional attire was the best-selling product.

Rabat – Moroccan handicraft exports were up 30% in May of this year from May 2015, the country’s Ministry of Handicrafts, Social Economy and Solidarity reported. 

Foreign sales of traditional attire, the best-selling product category, soared by 149.5%. The share of these items in total exports virtually doubled from 13% in May 2015 to 25% in May of this year, the Ministry said in a press release.

Exports were up 10% for ceramics, 15% for rugs, 22% for leather items, 14$ for footwear, 12% for wood items and 7.5% for basketry. Foreign sales of the latter four had dropped in May 2015 from May 2014.

Moroccan handicraft sales improved in Europe in May 2016, especially in France, where sales grew by 105.5%, and Spain, with a 90% increase. Exports to African countries were up 69%.

Out of Morocco’s leading handicraft producing hubs, foreign sales were up 31% from Casablanca, 21% from Rabat, 5% from Nador and 4% from Tangiers.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum