MAURITIUS

Logistic and forwarding services in Mauritius

Mauritius

Capital City
Port Louis

Population
1.25 Mio.

National languages
English (official language), colloquial language Creole with French as a language

Currency
Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 13.36 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 10‘609

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 65.18 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 39.74 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Mauritius

The Republic of Mauritius is Switzerland’s second most important trading partner in Subequatorial Africa, after South Africa. It boasts a significant community of Swiss expatriates as well as numerous tourists.

Economic cooperation

According to the statistics compiled by Mauritius, Switzerland, with a total of EUR 213 million, was the fourth most important trade partner outside the EU in 2011, following after the USA, China, and Russia. The statistics published by Swiss customs register a total of only CHF 72 million, but the place held by Mauritius is a reflection of the dynamism of the island’s economy, the favourable business atmosphere, and the presence of substantial Swiss investments, e.g., in industry, commercial and tourist services, as well as in companies which re-invest abroad, in particular in India.

According to the Swiss statistics, exports of precision instruments, watches, and jewellery, and imports of precious metals, precious and semi-precious stones, are the principle goods that are traded.

 

Business language

English, French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

Mauritius Rupee (MR) = 100 Cents (c).
ISO code: MUR

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

The import of EU goods is liberalised. Imports are carried out within the scope of the “Open General Licence” or with a “Specific Licence”.
No foreign currency authorisation is necessary. Foreign currencies can be freely traded between banks and private buyers.
Standard VAT rate: 15%.

Terms of payment and tenders

Letters of credit are standard, where applicable documents against payment.
Invoices CIF Port Louis in GBP, EUR or another convertible currency. Tenders and correspondence in English or French.

Designations of origin

No special regulations. If there could be any doubts about the country of origin, indicate this or use “Made in …”.

Marking/labelling

Standard marking. There are special labelling regulations for chemicals, pesticides and foods.

Packaging

Hay and straw are permitted.

Product samples

Samples with no value are duty free.
ATA Carnet procedure possible for trade fair goods, samples and professional equipment, not for transit and correspondence.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, English, must correspond with the information on the customs invoices.

b) Customs invoices, 3 copies, special form, uncertified. Precise description of the goods with the FOB value, separate indication of the freight and insurance costs. In the case of textiles precise indication of the percentage of different types of yarn.

c) Certificates of origin are not required

d) Movement certificate EUR.1 only on request. They are only issued if Mauritius grants customs preference to EU originating products. As evidence of the preferential origin: movement certificate EUR. 1 in the case of products which come under the origin regulations for the EU with Morocco. EUR. 1 for shipments up to a value of EUR 6.000. The following declaration must be made in this case: “The exporter of the goods to which this commercial document refers states that unless otherwise indicated these goods are … preferential goods”. “Je soussigné, exportateur des marchandises couvertes par le présent document, déclare que, sauf indication contraire, ces marchandises répondent condition fixées pour obtenir le charactère originaire dans les èchanges préférentiels avec la Maroc et sont originaires de …”. The movement certificate EUR 1: 1 is required for shipments with a value of more than EUR 6.000. “Authorised exporters” can use the above mentioned declaration of origin on commercial documents including for shipments over a value of EUR 6.000 after they have been approved by the competent central customs office. The exporter fills in the form, the customs office issues it.

e) Bills of lading, uncertified, copies of bills of lading must contain the total tonnage or the weight and the dimensions of the goods in addition to the sea freight. Order bills of lading are possible with an indication of a notify address.

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