TANGER- The Spanish authorities are implementing a series of tests at the borders of the occupied territories of Ceuta and Melilla. The purpose of these tests is to resume commercial customs operations, although no specific date has been announced for their commencement. The most recent test is the third one being conducted at the crossing in Ceuta, with two previous tests having taken place.
In Melilla, the commercial customs office was operational until 2018 when it was unilaterally closed by Morocco. Since then, business owners in Ceuta have been facing economic stagnation and have since then echoed their anger and frustration with the Spanish government for its inability to convince Morocco to reopen the commercial customs operations.
During the 12th high-level Morocco-Spain meeting, both countries reached an agreement to continue progressing toward the normalization of the movement of people and goods. As part of this agreement, tests are being conducted to overcome potential obstacles. The relevant ministries are actively working on modernizing the infrastructure to facilitate the passage of goods through these border crossings into Morocco.