Country Profile: Mauritius








UN trade profile (link)

Key government contacts Mauritius Revenue Authority (website)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade (website)
Responsible to coordinate with donors:
AU REC memberships COMESA, SADC
Main transport corridors -/-
Key private sector organisations N/A
WCO revised Kyoto ratification Yes, 2008 (Source: WCO)
National TF body N/A (Source: UNCTAD)
Customs IT system Electronic Single Window (ESW)

WTO TFA notification and ratification

WTO needs assessment Oct. 22 – 26, 2007 (WTO, UNCTAD)
Jan. 28-31, 2013 (WTO, WCO)
Category Received Date Link
A Yes Jul. 8, 2014 WTO TFA Mauritius Cat A
B Yes April. 13, 2016 WTO TFA Mauritius Cat B and C
C Yes April. 13, 2016
Ratification Yes  March, 2015 WTO News

TTF indicators and resources

Logistics Performance Index – World Bank

The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is based on a worldwide survey of operators on the ground (global freight forwarders and express carriers), providing feedback on the logistics “friendliness” of the countries in which they operate and those with which they trade, supplemented with quantitative data on the performance of key components of the logistics chain in the country of work. The LPI provides a comparative ranking and overall score based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance is one of seven areas covered by the LPI.

LPI_Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance_Mauritius

Source: World Bank

Doing Business Report/Trading Across Borders Ranking – World Bank

The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level. The Trading across Borders indicators capture the documents, time and cost required for the logistical process of exporting and importing containerized goods by seaport, but they do not measure the cost of the sea transport or of tariffs or capture any aspects relating to international trade agreements.


Source: World Bank

Enabling Trade Index – World Economic Forum

The WEF’s Global Enabling Trade Report assesses the quality of institutions, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destinations. At the core of the report, the Enabling Trade Index benchmarks the performance of 138 economies in four critical areas: market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure, and regulatory and business environment. The border administration component looks at the efficiency and transparency of border and customs administration based on 11 separate indicators.

ETI_Border Administration_Mauritius

Source: World Economic Forum

Trade Facilitation Indicators – OECD

The OECD trade facilitation indicators cover the full spectrum of border procedures, from advance rulings to transit guarantees, for 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages. Estimates based on the indicators provide a basis for governments to prioritise trade facilitation actions and mobilise technical assistance and capacity-building efforts for developing countries in a more targeted way.

See the Mauritius TF profile (2014).

Non-Tariff Measure Surveys – ITC

Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are of particular concern to exporters and importers in developing countries, as they are a major impediment to international trade and can prevent market access. Exporting companies seeking access to foreign markets and companies importing products need to comply with a wide range of requirements including technical regulations, product standards and customs procedures.  The International Trade Centre (ITC) conducts large-scale company-level surveys to identify regulations that companies find burdensome.

See the Mauritius survey report (2014).