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Moving to Morocco from the U.S.


Moving to Morocco from the United States is a major transition for anyone, and there will be plenty to consider and prepare for before you head across the globe.

The last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of a complicated move, especially when it comes to documentation, Customs regulations and shipping services.

Which is why you shouldn't have to worry about it. Instead, let us tackle the tough stuff for you.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Morocco as seamless as possible, by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more.

We'll be there with you each and every step of your move abroad, from packing and crating your goods, to shipping them overseas and assisting you through the complicated overseas documentation process.

All you have to do is give us a call so we can get started with an on-site estimate. We'll take care of everything else.

Here's how we get the job done:

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Morocco


To start, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a one-on-one consultation with you, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on certain criteria, such as:
  • Your moving timeline.When do you need to be in Morocco?
  • Your real estate plans.Will you be renting or buying?
  • Your family/household size.Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Cubic feet estimate.How large is your shipment?

What Will Moving to Morocco Cost?


For the most accurate estimate of your total shipment size, you should schedule an in-home survey as early as possible for your move to Morocco.

Don't wait until the last possible moment, contact International Sea & Air Shipping today. You won't regret the decision.

After we hear from you, our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best estimate possible to expedite your relocation.

The cost of moving to Morocco will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time so it's extremely important that you work with an agent so they can give you the most accurate quote.

Ready to start budgeting for your international move?

Give us a call, and don't forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!

About Morocco


Situated in the Maghreb region of North Africa, Morocco is known for large swathes of desert, mountainous regions and coastlines on both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean oceans.

In addition to a mixed landscape, Morocco is also a unique and diverse culture created by a combination of Arab, Berber (a race indigenous to the Nile Valley), Sub-Saharan African and European influences.

While the predominant religion for the population of 33,250,000 people is Islam, the official languages of Morocco are Berber and Arabic. Moroccan Aravic (Darija) and French are also widely spoken throughout the country.

As for living in the area, Morocco was ranked the number one African Country by the quality-of-life index, thanks in part to an economy boost helped along by high tourism growth.

Can't wait to get started with your overseas relocation to Morocco? First, find out what you'll need to clear Customs.

Customs Regulations for Morocco
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
  • Passport (copy that includes a photo page and entry stamp into Morocco)
  • Bill of lading/airway bill
  • Valued inventory list (notarized in French, dated and signed by client)
  • Change of residence certificate (original, in French, issued by authorities at point of origin and signed and stamped on official letterhead)
  • Residence visa (from nearest central police station in Morocco)
  • Work permit or letter from your employer
  • Work contract (issued by Labor Ministry in Rabat)
  • Authorization letter (signed by customer to authorize Destination Agent to clear the shipment)
  • Packing list (in French)
  • Duty free certificate (for free entry provided by Customs head office)
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
  • Customer's presence is not required for Customs clearance
  • Electronics and appliances should be loaded near container door
  • Electronics and appliances less than six months old require invoices
  • Shipments may be subject to inspection
  • If additional shipments are being imported (past the initial shipment), Customs authorities must be informed of their arrival
    • If two shipments are being imported, the second should arrive no more than six months after the first
  • All documents must arrive at least 15 days before the shipment's arrival to the Destination Agent
PROHIBITED ITEMS

In Morocco, some articles may not be imported in a customer's baggage whatsoever. These items include, but may not be limited to:
  • Narcotics and illegal drugs
  • Pornography and politically sensitive materials
  • Walkie-talkies, phones, answering machines and fax machines
  • Alcohol (with the exception of wine)
  • Tobacco
  • Moroccan currency
  • Explosives
RESTRICTED/DUTIABLE ITEMS

Some articles may have restricted quantities or require special authorization/ payments of duties and taxes to clear customs in Morocco. These items include, but are not limited to:
  • Firearms and ammunition
    • Smooth-barreled hunting rifles are allowed, but they require an import permit and must be stored near the container door
  • Food and beverage
  • Antiques
  • Medication (permit from the Ministry of Health required)
  • Portable and mobile phones (permit from the Ministry of P.T.T. required)
  • Alcohol
    • Only wine is permitted, but no more than 12 bottles are allowed
    • Must state "Fond de cave ou ustensiles de cuisine" on packing list
  • Books, records, cassettes and disks (must have separate inventory list stating the title and author)
    • This information will be viewed by the Ministry of Information and issued with a Censorship Visa
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS

In Morocco, the following rules apply to importing motor vehicles:
  • Vehicles may be imported for a temporary three month period without duty
    • After this period, the vehicle must be exported or the customer must pay required duties
  • Vehicles over five years old are prohibited from importation
  • Vehicles must be for personal use only, they are not for sale, rental, or transfer
  • Vehicles must be exported upon leaving the country
For importation, you will need the following documents:
  • Title (original) and registration
  • Passport
  • Import permit
  • Bill of lading (original)
    • Must state chassis and engine serial numbers, weight, make and model
  • Commercial invoice
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS

When importing a pet to Morocco, they will need to be accompanied with the following documentation:
  • Certificate of vaccination
  • Health certificate
    • Dated no more than 14 days before departure from origin country
    • Must be issued by a licensed veterinarian
  • Documents must be certified by Department of Agriculture and sent to the Moroccan Consulate
DUTY AND TAX RATE PERCENTAGE

The following may be imported into Morocco duty free:
  • Household goods and personal effects are duty free if they are more than six months old
    • New items less than six months old are dutiable and require commercial invoices
  • Clothes for personal use
  • Tobacco (200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 25 cigars or 250 grams of assortments)
  • Alcoholic drinks ( 1 liter bottle)
  • Jewelry, perfume (150 ml) and cologne (250 ml)
  • Souvenirs and presents whose value does not exceed 2000 DH
  • Cameras, video cameras, binoculars or CD players
  • Tape recorders, radios, TVs, typewriters, calculators, laptops and cell phones
  • Musical instruments
  • Bicycles (standard, tandem or ones with auxiliary motors)
  • Non-residents must re-export these items after their stay has ended
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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Morocco

FlagEmblem
Motto : God, the Country, the King
Capital : Rabat
National Anthem : "Hymne Cherifien" ("Anthem of Morocco")

Geography

Location : Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
Area : Total : 446,550 sq km

Land : 446,300 sq km
Water : 250 sq km

Climate : Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior

People

Nationality : Moroccan(s)
Population : 31,968,361 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Casablanca 3.245 million; RABAT (capital) 1.77 million; Fes 1.044 million; Marrakech 909,000; Tangier 768,000 (2009)
Languages : Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy

Economy

GDP : $153.8 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Moroccan dirhams (MAD) per US dollar - 8.3619 (2010), 8.0571 (2009), 7.526 (2008), 8.3563 (2007), 8.7722 (2006)

Transportation

Airports : 58 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 57,625 km
Waterways : N/A
Ports & Terminals : Casablanca, Jorf Lasfar, Mohammedia, Safi, Tangier


    

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