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Leather:

The Moroccan Leather Sector includes tanning facilities, shoes, garments, small leather goods and luggage companies.

More than 300 firms operate in Morocco, employing approximately 15.000 people.

The shoe making industry ranked first followed by the tanning industry and the leather goods. The shoe production contributing for 56% of the total exports of this sector.

Investment in the sector, mainly on shoes manufacuring, tannery, towing and leather goods is in continuous increase

The development of this sector is mainly due to its export activities. Export of leather products include shoes, leather garments, leather and travel goods.

The main marked for Moroccan shoes production are France, Libya, Italy, U.K. and Guinea. Leather garments are mainly exported to Spain, France and USA. As for leather and travel goods productions, the main markets are France, U.S.A. and Libya.

Textile:

The textile sector is one of the leading sectors in the Moroccan industry. The production of this sector represents about 15% of the total value of the processing industries.

Ready-ma\de garments and knitwear production represents 43% of the total production of the textile sector, 50% of the export production value and 30% of manufactured goods exported.

Knitwear and ready-made garments are the most dynamic sub-sectors representing more than 70% of the total exports.

The improvement of the quality of textile products in general and clothing in particular, has played a significant role in c\increasing the value of the exported Ton. This value has more than doubled during the last decade.

In addition to the development of exports, imports of textile products have known a substantial annual growth reaching an average rate of 17% during the last decade.

Raw materials have represented 46% of the total imports while semi-finished goods, imported under the Temporary Admission Regime, reached 50%.

The Textile ration (Imports / Exports) has improved from 124% to 170% during the last decade.

Out of 90.000 new jobs created in the processing industry, we find than just in one year, 51.000 were mainly generated by the garments and knitwear sub-sectors.

Ready made clothing production include trousers (men), shirts (men), track suit, pull-overs, tee-shirts, Jackets (men), skirts, shirts (women), Lady's dress, working clothes, men suit, skiing suit, under-wear, baby wear, skirts, along with a wide range of miscellaneous items.

Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing and Finishing:
The Textile industry has known a remarkable development during the last thirty years.

Starting with a few mills just after the independence in 1956, more than 2000 mills are operating in his sector. This is currently the result of a sustained development encouraged by a wide range of incentives (industrial investments and exports codes, customs regimesÂ…)

More than 60% of the total production of the textile sector was achieved in the spinning, weaving and dyeing sectors.

At the sub-branches level, wool and cotton production represents more than 50% of the total production of the sector.

41 mills operate in the silk and continuous fiber industry and contribute for 9% of the total production in the textile sector and about 7,5% of the total labor force.

The main sub-branches include wool and long fibers, cotton and short fibers, silk and continuous fibers, other vegetable fibers, dyeing and finishing, other fabrics not for clothing, production of carpets and knitwear.

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