Morocco and Lombardy trade 300 mln first 9 months 2015

Casablanca mission for foodstuffs increasingly on Lombard tables

22 February, 18:56

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, FEBRUARY 22 - Trade between Morocco and the region of Lombardy was worth more than 300 million euros in the first nine months of 2015, officials said Monday.

    While exports from Italy declined by 13% imports from Morocco were up by as much as 31%, according to figures released by the Milan Chamber of Commerce based on data from the Istat state-run statistics institute.

    The agro-foods sector alone represents more than one third of imports (36.6%), increasing by 12.5% and worth more than 21 million euros.

    Conserved fish and shellfish increasingly is being eaten in Lombardy, representing 78% of the total in the agro-food sector, an increase of 12.8% compared to 2014. But imports of meat and meat-based products also are on the increase in the northern Italian region (7.5% of the total, up 9.4%) as well as fruit and vegetables (6.6%, up 49%).

    Exports from Lombardy to Morocco are mainly machine products (20% of exports) as well as chemical products (18%, up 13.6%) and textiles (12%, up 2.3%).

    The Milan Chamber of Commerce has opened registration for those interested in the Moroccan agro-foods market to go on a trade mission to Casablanca from March 7 to 9. (ANSAmed).

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