Joy returned to Moroccans after the decline in tomato prices. The majority of Moroccans, especially the poor and the middle class, hope that tomato prices will continue the decline recorded in recent hours, until Ramadan and beyond.
Some markets recorded a decline in tomato prices to 3.5 dirhams, after they had exceeded 15 dirhams in recent days.
This decline recorded at the level of this article is primarily due, according to traders, to the measures and decisions taken by the Mauritanian authorities at the tax level.
The Mauritanian customs authorities have begun implementing the decision to raise the value of the customs tariff on imports of vegetables originating from Morocco.
Professionals confirmed, based on data coming from truck drivers on the Moroccan-Murtani border, that the rise in customs prices created a discrepancy between supply and demand in the Moroccan market, which led to a decline in tomato prices.
Professionals confirmed that the customs duty increased by 3 times what it was before, which led to an increase in the cost of goods as a result of the inability of merchants to keep up with this Mauritanian decision.
Others attributed the reasons for the decline in the price of tomatoes to the rise in heat waves known as “sharki” that Morocco witnessed during the past two weeks, which resulted in the availability of significant quantities of this tomato substance.