Taxation and Customs Union

2020 Report on the benefits for the people of Western Sahara on extending tariff preferences to products from Western Sahara

This is the first report on the implementation of the agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco that extends the tariff preferences provided for in the EU-Morocco Association Agreement to products originating in Western Sahara, that entered into force on 19 July 2019. The report shows that the agreement is being implemented smoothly, and that exports and employment figures show an increase, which to a large extent can be considered as due to the granting of the tariff preferences under the Agreement.

The report thus confirms that the agreement is resulting in benefits for Western Sahara and its population in terms of exports, economic activity and employment. It is thus expected that – as indicated by the Council Decision of 28 January 2019 on the conclusion of the agreement - this positive effect, based on the continuous development of trade under the Agreement, can be enhanced in the future.

2020 Report on the benefits for the people of Western Sahara on extending tariff preferences to products from Western Sahara