Morocco saw its textile and apparel exports grow last year

Morocco saw its textile and apparel exports grow last year

Morocco's textile and clothing sector recorded export growth of nearly 4% last year, with Spain remaining its largest market, according to figures from the Moroccan Association of Textile and Clothing Industries.

The country's exports reached MAD35.5bn (US$7.3bn) in 2017, representing a 3.8% increase on exports of MAD34.2bn in 2016. Spain remained Morocco's largest market for textiles and clothing last year, with exports up 5% to MAD19.4bn. France is the second largest market, for which exports totalled MAD7.5bn, an increase of 2% on the prior year.

But exports to the UK, Italy and the US fell by 8%, 7% and 16%, respectively, to MAD1.6bn, MAD732m, and MAD239m. While Benelux saw the largest increase in exports, with growth of 20% to MAD389m for the year ended December 2017.

Morocco's apparel industry operates around 1,600 factories, employing around 135,000 workers. The country's textile industry makes up a considerable portion of the domestic economy, while garment production has gained in importance in recent years. Government programmes have helped to attract new foreign investment.