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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Mauritius

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Due to a recent change in the Customs Act, importers in Mauritius now have no later than 5 working days after flight arrival to submit their Bill of Entry and 14 working days following the validation of the Bill of Entry to proceed with payment of any duties, excise duties and/or taxes.

Failure to abide to the above indicated time frames will result in Bill of Entry being cancelled and a penalty fee of USD 20.00 + VAT per day of non-compliance.

This penalty fee, if applicable, will be invoiced back to senders for DDP shipments.

Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0400/ Fall +0400
English
Mauritius Rupee(MUR)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
In cases where sent with consignee scheduled to pay, following issues with export freight collect reversals, a Letter of Authorisation should be forwarded by all shippers in case consignee refuses to pay.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges.

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Mauritius. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Books are no longer taxable in Mauritius and do not require a tax exempt certificate. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
A Societe Generale De Surveillance (SGS) report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
A Societe Generale De Surveillance (SGS) inspection is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
A Societe Generale De Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
Medicine requires clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drug. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds US$500.00. Medicines importing requires a Government Chemist Permit, Invoice, Bill of Lading, and an Airway Bill. In case of a shipment to a company, authorization should be obtained from the Bureau of Food and Drug prior to import.
Blank envelopes requires a Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Promotional and training film requires a Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection if the value exceeds 500 USD.

Commercial film requires clearance from the Movie and Television Censorship Board.

A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.

Blank Forms limited to 2 are classified as documents. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) report is required if teh value exceeds 500 USD.
Data shipments to Mauritius require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
A Societe Generale De Surveillance (SGS) inspection is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.

A Board of Investment (BOI) Certificate and Affidavit of End Use is required if the consignee is operating under a Customs Bonded Warehouse.

A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Medicine requires clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drug. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD. Medicines importing requires a Government Chemist Permit, Invoice, Bill of Lading, and an Airway Bill. In case of a shipment to a company, authorization should be obtained from the Bureau of Food and Drug prior to import.
A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Newsletters exceeding 2 kgs require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Newspapers exceeding 2 kgs require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Pamphlets exceeding 2 kgs require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Periodicals exceeding 2 kgs require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Price Lists exceeding 2 kgs require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Publications exceeding 2 kgs require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Video tapes require a Video Regulatory Board Clearance. Video tapes also require a Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) report if the value is over 500 USD.

Audio tapes limited to 2 require an invoice. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection is also required if the value exceeds 500 USD.

Gift Exemptions

1000.00 Mauritius Rupee MUR
individual-to-individual
per shipment

The official gift exemption limit is 1000.00 MUR. Gifts valued between 1000.00 MUR and 2000.00 MUR may receive an exemption at the discretion of the Customs officer present for verification of the goods at the time of arrival. If the invoice value is above 2000.00 MUR, Customs duties and Value Added Tax (V.A.T) apply.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Mauritius must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice. In addition, the bill of entry must pass for the shipment to be cleared and delivered. A phone number for the consignee is always required for all inbound shipments to Mauritius, along with an email address, if available, and should appear on the invoice

Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

Proper original commercial invoice for all shipments is required for customs clearance. Proformas and copies of invoices are not accepted by Mauritius Customs.

All invoices must be endorsed with a company seal or company stamp and must be signed in the original by the shipper.

Invoices showing "zero value - no commercial value" are not accepted by customs at all. The shipper has to list the actual market value of the goods.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Document weight limit up to 2 kgs. A SGS report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Validated airline tickets only.
Annual Reports must be declared as a letter.
Document weight limit up to 2 kgs. A SGS report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Payroll and personal checks are classified as documents, and may be sent in a UPS envelope. All other checks are classified as non-documents and require an invoice.
A maximum of 2 credit cards may be sent to an individual as a document. Otherwise, credit cards are prohibited.
Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents.

Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.

Document Limit-30 Kgs
Greeting cards and invitations must be declared as a letter.
Document weight limit up to 2 kgs. A SGS report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Document weight limit up to 2 kgs. A SGS report is required if the value exceeds 500 USD.
Must be personalized to be considered documents.

UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Mauritius.

Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: No

Service Options

Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

  • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
  • WorldWide Economy DDU

Special Clearance Requirements

Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

  • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
  • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
  • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
  • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

  • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
  • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
  • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

The invoice must include a description of the sample and indicate if the sample is marked or mutilated.

Shipments of samples are exempt from duty if the following conditions are met:

  • The value of the samples does not exceed 500.00 MUR
  • The invoice states, ┬ôsample of no commercial value, value declared for Customs purposes only."

    However, if a shipment is undervalued, Customs may seize the goods or decide to reevaluate the shipment.

  • New requirements have been implemented for small package shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 500.00 Mauritius Rupee (MUR)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 500.00 Mauritius Rupee (MUR)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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