MAURITIUS REGULATIONS
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Import/Transit/Export Regulations in Mauritius



IATA Area 2
Capital Port-Louis
Local Time UTC +4
Country Code +230
Local Currency Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Bank Information Closed on Saturday and Sunday, except on Saturday some banks are opened on half day basis

Customs contact information

MRA Customs - Air Cargo - Import
Tel: +230 (0)637 9700
Fax: +230 (0)637 3374
Website:
MRA Customs - Air Cargo - Export
Tel: +230 (0)637 9700 Ext.121
Fax: +230 (0)637 3374
Website:

Rodrigues Island : Consignments destined for Rodrigues must be customs cleared at SSR International Airport, Mauritius.

Customs Hours



Monday through Friday 09.00 - 16.00
Saturday 09.00 - 12.00
Clearance outside Customs hours is possible against payment of Customs supervision fee.

Airport facilities - Loading/Unloading equipment



Forklifts for loading/unloading of trucks - 3000 kg.
Highloaders for loading/unloading of aircrafts - 14000 kg.

Storage facilities



If not cleared on arrival, goods are stored at Air Mauritius Import Warehouse for a time limit of 2 months.

Cold Storage available at airport:
Storage of flowers: usable capacity 518m3
Storage of fruit: usable capacity 518m3
Storage of meat and fish: usable capacity 330m3
Storage of medicinal products: usable capacity 47m3
Storage of vegetables: usable capacity 270m3
Hours of operation: 24 hours


Safe for valuables is also available

Clearance



Clearance is given at the airport through a clearing agent. On request immediate clearance is possible for urgent consignments against deposit of Customs duties, 15% VAT and other local charges.

Fax copies of invoices and AWBs are accepted by Customs against a deposit of MUR 20,000. Originals must be produced within 15 days (MUR 20,000 refundable).

Delivery



Delivery may be provided by clearing or cargo agents

(Re)-Fowarding



(Re)-Fowarding is provided by cargo agents

Marking



Misleading indications or marks as to origin or quality are strictly prohibited

Language of documents



English or French

Documentary requirements for commercial consignments:



AWB
1 Commercial Invoice
Packing List
Certificate of Origin
EUR 1 Certificate for goods from EU - Countries
COMESA Certificate for goods from COMESA countries
SADEC certificate - SADEC Countries
Proforma Invoice not accepted

Sample Consignments



No Import Permit required, except for some restricted items e.g. pharmaceutical products and foodstuffs. Marketable samples of value not exceeding MUR 500 are duty free. AWB and invoice should clearly indicate consignment consists of a shipment of samples.

General restrictions



It is recommended that shippers ensure that their consignments satisfy all local regulations before exporting to Mauritius.

Live Animals Including Pets & Birds



Health Certificate
Import Permit from Ministry of Agro Industry & Food Security, Division of Veterinary Services at Reduit, required in advance
Cats and dogs: Quarantine at consignee's expense, for a period of 1 to 3 months depending on country of origin.

Please Note :
The Ministry may order any animal to be kept under observation at a quarantine station for such period as it thinks fit.

Plants and Plant Material


Phytosanitary Certificate
Plant Import Permit from Ministry of Agro Industry & Food Security, National Plant Protection Office at Reduit, required in advance

Arms, ammunition and explosives


Permit from Police Department

Others


Telecommunications equipment - Permit required from Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA).
Import Permit required for some other items. Shipper should check with consignee.
Human Remains & Ashes - Landing Permit from Ministry of Health & Quality of Life
Tea - Permit required from Tea Board. An import fee of MUR 5,000 is payable.

Handling charges


(15% VAT must be added)
Processing Fee per gate-pass - MUR 155
Verification Fee per consignment - MUR 100
Storage Fee for fire arms, ammunitions, per day - MUR 1,000
Terminal Fee
- 0 - 100 kg - MUR 80
- Over 100 kg - MUR 0.80 per kg
Handling of valuable cargo - Security charge to be paid by the consignee -MUR 1,200
Handling of horses - Fee per horse - MUR 1,000
Handling of Cars - Fee per car - MUR 2,000
Handling fee, per consignment:
- 0 - 49 kg - MUR 60
- 50 - 99 kg - MUR 120
- 100 - 499 kg - MUR 240
- 500 - 1000 kg - MUR 350
- Above 1000 kg - MUR 400

Storage charges



(15% VAT must be added)
Air Mauritius Import Warehouse : First 24 hours after arrival of goods: free of charge. Thereafter, charges are applied as per scale of rates which can be made available on request.

Cold Storage for import:



Minimum daily charge (24 hours), per m3 - MUR 135
Minimum weekly charge (7 days), per m3 - MUR 490

No. of days in storage Rent per m3
1 day MUR 135
2 days MUR 270
3 days MUR 405
4-7days MUR 490
More than 7 days, per day MUR 70

Transhipment / Transit Handling Charges



(15% VAT must be added)
Handling of valuable cargo Security Charge to be paid by the carrier - MUR 1000. It will be charged to the airline whose airway bill has been issued for the transportation.

Export Handling Charges



(15% VAT must be added)
AWB fee, due by carrier - MUR 100
AWB fee, due by agent - MUR 100
Handling of valuable cargo Security charge, to be paid by the shipper - MUR 1000
Handling of dangerous goods - MUR 500

Cold storage charges for transhipment/transit and for export :



(15% VAT must be added)
Minimum daily charge (24 hours), per m3 - MUR 60
Minimum weekly charge (7 days), per m3 - MUR 210

No. of days in storage Rent per m3
1 day MUR 60
2 days MUR 120
3 days MUR 180
4-7days MUR 210
More than 7 days, per day MUR 30