Posted by: Morocco World News

Morocco tops the list of African countries with maritime connections.

According to its 2018 report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) lists Morocco ahead of Egypt (2nd), South Africa (3rd), Djibouti (4th), and Togo (5th).

Morocco also ranks second in the Arab world with 71.5 out of 188 points, behind the UAE.

The kingdom owes its position to the number of conventions it has signed to improve its maritime connectivity.

Last year, Morocco consolidated its position with a grade of 67, up from less than 10 in 2007.

The 2017 report attributed the sharp increase to Morocco’s Tangier Med Port, which attracts international container vessels.

Maritime transport is considered the backbone of international trade. Morocco’s Tangier Med Port has served as a productive North African hub.

The port said in July that it has achieved a 7 percent increase in container traffic for the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

With two terminals, the port processed 1,668,566 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) from January to the end of June 2018.

The port’s two vehicle terminals handled 252,194 cars during the first six months of 2018, representing an increase of 18 percent compared to the first half of 2017.