MOZAMBIQUE

Logistic and forwarding services in Mozambique

Mozambique

Capital City
Maputo

Population
26,5 Mio.

National languages
Portuguese, various Bantu languages

Currency
Metical (MZM)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 16,9 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 624

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 15,8 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 61 Mio.

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Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Mozambique

Switzerland and Mozambique enjoy good political relations.  Mozambique is a priority country for Swiss development cooperation, and Switzerland provided support to help the country deal with the legacy of 16 years of civil war. More and more Swiss companies are now recognising Mozambique’s economic potential.

Economic cooperation

For over a decade now, Mozambique has been experiencing a period of economic stability, registering economic growth of approximately 7% per year. Favourable geographic conditions (reserves of land, ports), natural resources (rare earths, coal, etc.) and largely untapped natural gas reserves make Mozambique a country with a significant economic potential.
In recent years, numerous big Swiss companies have set up offices in the country. Reflecting this growing interest in Mozambique, the local Swiss embassy set up the Swiss Mozambican Business Network in 2013.
In 2002, Switzerland and Mozambique concluded an investment promotion and protection agreement which, together with the 1979 bilateral trade agreement, provides the legal foundation for economic relations between the two countries.
Switzerland mainly imports agricultural products such as tobacco, as well as precious stones, precious metals, and jewellery from Mozambique, and primarily exports pharmaceutical products and machinery.

 

Business language

Portuguese, English.

 

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

 

Currency

1 Metical MT = 100 Centavos

ISO code: MZM

 

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the transaction value.

 

Import control

Imports are predominantly via government import agencies. Import licences (Licença da importaçao) are required for all goods. Exceptions to this are goods up to fob USD 500 unless they are listed in a special list or are part of an overall shipment. Ensuring that the importer has a valid import licence before shipment is recommended. The validity of licences is generally six months.

Standard VAT rate: 17%.

Foreign currency trade is via the central bank and commercial banks.

Short-term transactions with credit terms of up to 12 months can be covered up to a maximum of EUR 100.000.

 

Pre-shipment inspection

Inspection certificate (Clean Report of Findings) is issued for all shipments from a FOB value of USD 2,500 by Intertek International Ltd., Academy Place, 1-9 Brook Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5NQ, England, Tel.: +44 1277 223 255, Fax: +44 1277 220 127.

 

Terms of payment and tenders

Irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit issued by the Banco de Moçambique. Invoices in EUR.

 

Designations of origin

Only required for goods, the labelling of which may lead to the assumption that the goods are Portuguese.

 

Marking/labelling

Standard markings with the addition of the country of origin advisable. Foods, chemicals and pharmaceuticals are subject to special labelling regulations.

 

Packaging

Seaworthy packaging. Moist, tropical climate. Application of the ISPM no. 15 regulation.

 

Product samples

Principle: samples with no value = duty free.

 

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies (4 copies for customs clearance) in Portuguese or English with all standard information including gross and net weight, country of origin, import licence no., certificate of origin on the invoice required as follows: “Confirmanos que as mercadorias indicadas nesta factura são de origem da …” (signature). Certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

b) Certificates of origin are generally not required; as the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE (Chamber of Industry and Commerce, certificates of origin).

c) Movement certificate, EUR 1 or UE not required.

d) Bills of lading without certification. Order bills of lading with a notify address are possible.

e) Postal packages up to 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 2 customs declaration in Portuguese/French.