The Kingdom of Morocco is the first country on the African Continent to have initiated the implementation of a single product security and tracking platform for monitoring of multiple product categories. The SICPA security platform offers an combination of material and information based security features that are virtually impossible for counterfeiters to replicate.
This mandate is part of a vast program from the Moroccan Customs and Indirect Tax Administration (ADII), to undertake strategic measures to reform customs and its logistics chain, providing new technologies and reinforcing partnerships between international customs, other regulatory bodies and the private sector.
On July 24, 2009, the Morocco Ministry of Economy and Finance passed a law requiring a product tracking system for all locally manufactured and imported tobacco, alcohol, soft drink, mineral water and beer products.
Subsequently, the Customs Administration awarded a contract to SICPA Security Solutions SA as the sole technology provider to implement and maintain the new product security and tracking platform. SICPA will be responsible for the implementation, maintenance, repair and technical assistance for all modules of the system. More than 60 engineers and management staff will be deployed locally across the whole country to help protect genuine and legal products in Morocco.
SICPA has deployed nation-wide product tracking and tracing systems in several countries in South America, North America, Europe and Asia.
Today over 7 billion consumer items ranging from tobacco, wines, spirits and beer products are protected every year in Turkey, which was the first country in the world to implement a single nation-wide system to securely monitor different excisable products.