Signing of a new agreement on the tax marking system to control some commodities subject to the (TIC) : 04/11/2019

Signing of a new agreement on the tax marking system to control some commodities subject to the (TIC)

Realising the necessity to adopt less intrusive and more efficient mechanisms for control, and in order to enhance its means of action (human and material) while improving its results, the Administration of Customs and Indirect Taxes (ADII) had been involved for several years in a reform process of monitoring the production and the importation of some goods that are subject to the domestic consumption tax (TIC) mainly, manufactured tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The will to achieve this objective was reflected in 2010 by the introduction of an integrated and secure tax marking system that was supplied and set up by a designated operator through an international tender, and which enabled the reduction of the staff allocated to the (TIC) control, while improving the fiscal performance of these taxes, as well as the fight against fraud and smuggling.

The agreement signed with the current provider is expiring, December 31st 2019. The (ADII) chose, with a view to ensure transparency and competition between competitors, to issue an invitation to tender approving a new supplyer for the provision, installation and commissioning of an integrated and a secure marking system to control some goods subject to the (TIC).

It is within this framework that on October 22nd 2019, the (ADII) and the selected service provider "SICPA SA" signed a new agreement which provides for investments and innovative features that focus on the areas listed below :

  • The creation of local added value by producing national tax marks;
  • The setting up of a center of excellence, expertise and research in Morocco that will promote the transfer of expertise at the local level and provide an opportunity to open up to African markets;
  • The launch of new monitoring and tracking technologies such as the use of QR codes and alphanumeric HRC codes that allow operators and consumers to check the authenticity of goods;
  • ​​An alternative based on higher technological requirements with a significant reduction in tax mark costs of around 50% for manufactured tobacco, 35% for beer and 20% for other products.