MAURITANIA

Logistic and forwarding services in Mauritania

Mauritania

Capital City
Nouakchott

Population
3.2 Mio.

National languages
Arabic, French

Currency
Ouguiya (MRO)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 4.994 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 1347

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 14.30 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 309.25 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Mauritania

Switzerland recognized Mauritania in 1960 and established diplomatic relations with the young country one year later. In 1976, the two countries concluded a trade agreement, an investment protection agreement and an agreement on economic and technical cooperation, yet economic exchange remained modest.

Although Mauritania is not a priority country for Swiss development aid, the SDC nevertheless supports non-governmental organizations such as “Terre des hommes”, which are involved in areas including healthcare and education and improving living conditions. In 1970 and 1980, Switzerland provided food aid for the victims of the drought.

 

Business language

Arabic, French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency Ouguiya (UM) = 5 Khoums (KH).
ISO code: MRO

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

The import of goods from EU states is almost fully liberalised. Signed pro forma invoices are required to apply for import licences. The validity of licences is generally six months.
The foreign currency system has been liberalised. Foreign currencies for the payment of imported goods are available via the collection banks at the Service du Commerce de la République Islamique de Mauritanie, B.P. 182, Nouakchott. Import transactions must be carried out by Mauritanian companies directly from the country of export. Intermediaries are not permitted.
Standard VAT rate: 14% (18% on crude oil products and telecommunication services).

Terms of payment and tenders

Tenders, price lists etc. should be in French or Arabic.
Delivery against an irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit, at most documents against payment. Invoices in EUR FOB European ports or CFR Nouadhibou or Nouakchott. Always indicate the PO box (Boîte Postal) when addressing correspondence.

Designations of origin

Not required on goods. However, “Made in …” marking is recommended.

Marking/labelling

Standard marking. Special labelling is required for good including cigarettes and packs of matches.

Packaging

Seaworthy packaging.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 4 copies with all standard information, gross and net weight, precise description of the goods etc. in French, certification not required. The following declaration to be signed by the exporter in a legally valid manner must appear at the end of the invoice: “Nous certifions que les marchandises dénommées dans cette facture sont de fabrication et d’origine de … et que les prix indiqués ci-dessus s’accordent avec les prix courants sur le marché d’exportation.”

b) Certificates of origin only on request.

c) Movement certificate EUR. 1 or EU only at the importer’s request. They are only issued if Mauretania grants customs preference to EU originating products.

d) Bills of lading uncertified. Order bills of lading with a notify address are possible.

e) Postal packages and airmail packages up to 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declarations in French, for airmail use “airmail” stickers, 1 customs declaration in French, 4 commercial invoices, as for a), uncertified.

f) Freight shipments: standard, 4 commercial invoices, as for a), certificates of origin as for b), uncertified bills of lading.

g) Inspection certificate for all goods shipments with a total invoice amount from USD 5.000; certificate issued.