Sino-Morocco: Tea & free trade zones

Regional Views
Sino-Morocco: Tea & free trade zones
  • Moroccan imports of tea from China make up 25% of China’s total tea exports, over 90% of Morocco’s tea imports globally, 7.3% of Morocco’s total imports from China and 5.3% of total bilateral trade.
  • Overall Sino-Moroccan trade is expected at USD 4.8B by 2020 from USD 2.7B in 2009, at an average annual growth rate of 6% over this period.
  • A key element of China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in North Africa is creating free trade zones, with Morocco now following Egypt in benefiting from such initiatives.


Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Analyst

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