In January-November 2018, exports of handicrafts made good progress, registering a growth rate of more than 18% compared to the same period of 2017.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism of Air Transport, Crafts and the Social Economy, the hedges experienced a strong demand abroad, their exports having increased by 86%, placing themselves at the forefront of the products. exported in terms of evolution. This strong growth also affected pottery/stone, which recorded a growth rate of 53% compared to the same period of 2017.
Wrought iron is in 3rd position, showing an evolution of about 47%. Good performances are also at the rendezvous for brassware (+44%), wood (+33%) and basketry (+32%).
Families of pottery/stone products, traditional clothing and carpets still account for the bulk of export sales (51%). The share of pottery and stone items alone increased by 5 points to 21% at the end of November 2018.
By destination, exports of Moroccan handicrafts to European countries rose by 17%, with France leading the way with a growth rate of 56%, followed by Italy (44%) and Spain (21%). Similarly, exports to the United States of America showed good behavior during the period January-November 2018 (30%), as well as exports to the Arab countries and Canada (18% and 17% respectively).
The Arab countries continue to record the largest share of export sales (30%), followed closely by the United States, which maintains its good contribution with a 25% share.
Moreover, the ministry reveals that the city of Tangier recorded a strong progression during the period January-November 2018, with a rate of evolution of 75% in comparison with the same period of 2017, followed by Fes (73%).
Exports of handicrafts through Casablanca also showed a good increase of 32%, ahead of Marrakesh (31%) and Agadir (19%).
With regard to the share of cities in export turnover, the main Moroccan artisanal exporters, Casablanca and Marrakesh, still hold the largest share (80%), with the positioning of the economic capital at 1st place (50%).