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Import Division
The Import Division of the Ministry is concerned with the control of Import of certain controlled goods and the issue of licence to authorised dealers in the importation and sale of second-hand motor vehicles..

Which are the controlled goods?

Certain goods are allowed to entry into Mauritius only when you produce the import permit or authorization from the relevant authority (ies). If you do not have the import permit or authorization, the item will be detained and referred to the relevant authority for approval.
Which are the "prohibited goods"?

Before importing goods into Mauritius you should ensure that they do not fall into any of the categories of prohibited goods. Prohibited goods cannot be imported, exported, transited, sold or circulated in Mauritius. Among prohibited goods are weapons, narcotics, psychotropic substances and hazardous chemical substances.
Export Division
When do I need an "export certificate"?

Exports of almost all items can be conducted freely except for a few controlled items for which export permits are required prior to effecting exports.

How long does it take to get an export permit?

Export permits are approved and delivered via the icone lien externe TradeNet phase V system on the same day provided all conditions are met. Export Certificates are also approved and delivered on the same day.
The icone lien externe Kimberley Process Certificates are approved and delivered within 2 working days.
Please note that the export of Scrap metal is subject to the Consumer Protection (Scrap Metal) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

What are "controlled goods for export"?

Before exporting goods from Mauritius you should ensure that they do not fall into the category of controlled goods. As a matter of fact certain goods are allowed for exporting from Mauritius only when you produce the required export permit or export authorization from the relevant authority(ies). If you do not have the export permit or authorization, the item will be detained and referred to the relevant authority for approval.