Russian deliveries are chemicals and petroleum products, which have tripled and quadrupled respectively. Shipments of Canadian lumber and pulp and paper quintupled, while fertilizers, plastics and products made from these products tripled. Examples of non-energy goods include motor oils, inorganic chemicals, ammonia, various types of paper and cardboard, nitrogen fertilizers and polymers.
For some individual products, previously supplied in small quantities, such as uncoated paper and board, flat glass and many others, one can speak of exceptional growth. “If in previous years these were single deliveries worth tens of thousands of dollars, now we are talking about millions of dollars,” Tsinamdzgvrishvili, Russia’s trade representative in Morocco, told Russian media.
It should also be noted that the start of deliveries in 2022 was marked by new Russian products for the Moroccan market, such as wheat bran, bitumen, titanium, semi-finished iron and alloy steel products, prefabricated building structures, insulated wires, newspaper, rough lumber and wooden pallets.
Given this growing volume of imports from Russia, Morocco continues to maintain the third position after Egypt and Algeria among the Russian Federation’s trading partners in Africa.
Bilateral trade relations were therefore able to reach cruising speed. Indeed, the Russian agency Rosselkhoznadzor, equivalent of the National Office for Sanitary Safety of Food Products (ONSSA) in Morocco, declared during the month of August that Morocco is its first supplier in terms of vegetables and fruits for the first seven months of 2022, with a margin of 45%, out of a total of 5.1 million tonnes, followed by Turkmenistan (30%), Kazakhstan (21%), Tajikistan (16%) , Uzbekistan (14%) and China (11%).