A. General Information

1. Title

Ephyto exchange between Morocco and the USA

2. Status of the project/service
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Bilateral: Morocco and the USA
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Morocco’s Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des produitsAlimentaires (ONSSA) , the United States’ Department of Agriculture (USDA) , IPPC
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Morocco’s Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des produitsAlimentaires (ONSSA) , the United States’ Department of Agriculture (USDA) , IPPC
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project/services
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
8. Business process category of the project/service
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

Morocco became the first African country introducing electronic phytosanitary certificates and integrating ePhyto within their national trade system. The international electronic exchange of e-phytos was launched on 26 March,2020. Under the new electronic system, certificates ca be transferred via the e-phyto hub under the initiative led by the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM).The HUB is a centralized system to facilitate exchange of ePhytos between NPPOs with a set of prescribed rules of connection and defined structure/codes/terms for the XML message. For a country to participate in the Hub it is mandatory to have the capacity to produce electronic phytosanitary certificates.

b. Business need for the project/service (background)

To become faster and more cost effective for importers and exporters considering also the fact that digitization operations are becoming more and more important. 

c. Business process covered*
d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

Use of the Hub is voluntary

The Hub is a single, multilateral system

The Hub will be available 24/7 (secure and monitored)

No information (messages, transactions) should be lost

There is a single exchange protocol

The IPPC determines the version of UN/CEFACT schema

Participating countries will require a National System to exchange ePhyto through the Hub

e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project/service

Electronic phytosanitary certificates

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches

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12. Main challenges faced during the project/service
13. Lessons learned from the project/service
14. Main benefit(s) of the project/service
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained:

Reduction of the risks to loss or damage, fraud

Facilitation to cut delays for traders

Cutting costs for traders

Reduction of administrative burden on border agencies

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project and service
17. Other information or relevant references on the project and service
18. Relevant document regarding the project/service

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project/service:
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project/service
International standard
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project/service
Exchange protocol is Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) over HTTPS
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project/service
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project/service
Digital signatures
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project/service
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information