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Import/Export

United States to Mauritius

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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.

Books are no longer taxable in Mauritius and do not require a tax exempt certificate. A Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
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 require an SGS inspection report if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Promotional and training films require an SGS inspection report if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Commercial films require clearance from the Movie and Television Censorship Board. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Up to 2 blank forms may be shipped as documents. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Data shipments to Mauritius require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
A Board of Investment (BOI) Certificate and Affidavit of End Use is required if the consignee is operating under a Customs Bonded Warehouse.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds 500 USD.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds 500 USD.
Medicine requires clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drug. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Medicines for import require a Government Chemist Permit, an invoice, a bill of lading, and an Airway Bill. Medicine shipments to companies should have prior authorization from the Bureau of Food and Drug.
An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Newsletters weighing more than 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Newspapers weighing more than 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Pamphlets weighing more than 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Periodicals weighing more than 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Price Lists weighing more than 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Publications weighing more than 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Videotapes require a Video Regulatory Board Clearance. Videotapes also require an SGS inspection report if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Shipments of more than 2 audiotapes require an invoice. An SGS inspection report is also required if the value of the shipment exceeds US$500.00.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Mauritius.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

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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