Free Trade Zones/Warehouses
Mauritius Freeport: The
Mauritius Freeport was created in 1992 as a regional warehousing,
distribution, and marketing center. In addition to more than
15,000 square meters of warehousing facilities provided by the
Mauritius Freeport Authority, the government agency responsible
for developing the Freeport, 55,000 square meters of
infrastructural facilities have been constructed in recent years
by private developers. These facilities include warehouses, cold
rooms, and an International Trade Merchandising Center.
In addition, the Freeport Authority is planning to set up a
Freeport Air Cargo Logistics Center at the SSR International
Airport for airport-based freeport activities such as courier
services, mail ordering, telemarketing, warehousing, airport
logistics facilities, aircraft maintenance and aviation-related
services. As a first step, MFA is planning to do a feasibility
study at the end of 2001. Contact Mr. Gerard Sanspeur,
Director-General, Mauritius Freeport Authority, Freeport Zone 5,
Mer Rouge, Port Louis, Mauritius; Tel: (230) 206-2500; Fax: (230)
206-2600; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Freeport has grown substantially in recent years. At the end
of 2000, the total number of freeport licenses issued reached 790,
of which 224 companies were operational in such activities as
transshipment/re-exportation, processing and assembly, and ship
repair. Goods are imported mainly from China, India, Thailand and
re-exported to Madagascar, Hong Kong, Singapore and African
countries. Main products re-exported include frozen fish, textiles
and accessories, machinery and electronic equipment, vehicles and
spare parts, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and foodstuffs.
Export Processing Zone:
Processing Zone was established in 1970 to encourage manufacturing
for export. There is no formally designated zone, and EPZ
companies are located throughout the island.
Textiles and apparel account for 80% of EPZ exports, but there has
been some diversification into manufacture of watches, electronic
measuring instruments, jewelry, leather goods, toys, and optical
goods. The government is now promoting information technology,
printing and publishing, high-precision plastics, electronics,
light engineering, and pharmaceuticals.
An informatics park was established several years ago and a number
of firms are currently engaged in typesetting and other pre-press
operations, data processing, CD-ROM publishing, image processing
and related activities. The park provides ISDN and other high
EPZ companies are exempt from import duties and Value Added Tax on
machinery, equipment, and spare parts, and from tax on dividends.
They are liable to a 15% corporate tax.