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Manufacturing Industry

Over the past decades, the manufacturing industry has played an instrumental role in the economic diversification and transformation of Mauritius.  Mauritius has earned a good name as a high quality and reliable supplier through continuous innovation in different sectors such as Textile and Apparel, Agro-Processing, Seafood Processing, Jewellery and Light Engineering. The manufacturing industry stands as a dynamic engine of growth with a GDP contribution of 13,2% (2021) and provides employment to nearly 85,000 people.

Mauritius is taking full advantage of preferential market access to export 2,500 product lines to 142 countries worldwide.  We export mainly to Europe, the USA and South Africa. Following new trade agreements with Africa (AfCFTA), China (China FTA) and India (CEPCA), we are currently devising strategies to reach out to new customers and grab opportunities in these markets.


Mauritius has always laid emphasis on transformation, and high-value addition in view to be competitive on international markets. As per the last Productive Capacities Index (PCI) launched by UNCTAD, Mauritius is currently ranked as Number 1st in Africa. The success of our manufacturing industry lies in its capacity to adapt to the changing exigencies of customers, compliance to standards and delivery in a short lead time. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption in global logistics, Mauritius is engaged to develop a regional supply chain to increase exports to the Indian Ocean region and Africa.

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    • Textile & Apparel

      50 years of impressive journey and considered as the catalyst of industrialisation in Mauritius, the Textile & Apparel industry remains a major contributor to Foreign Exchange Earning (Goods) through exports, an important employment generator and a significant contributor to the Mauritian Economy.

      Today, the Textile & Apparel sector boasts a State-of-the-Art Technology. Over the last five decades, it has innovated its offerings from a basic Cut-Make to a Full Package Production with Vertically Integrated suppliers that are adhering to international Standards such as Oekotex, REACH, HIGG Index, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, Fair Trade, among many others.

      The Textile & Apparel sector has earned a reputation as a reliable supplier of high-quality product and is supplying to renown international fashion brands such as Armani, Rodd & Gunn, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, CK, Woolworth, Truworths, Cape Union, Promod, Pierre Cardin, M&S, Fabiani, among many others.

      The efficiency, expertise, and agility of the sector have contributed to positioning Mauritius as a Textile  Hub  parexcellence  in Southern & Eastern Africa, making our success story a business model that is currently being benchmarked across Africa.

      Mauritius produces a wide range of Textile & Apparel products at varying price points, with a focus on quality that includes T-shirts, lingerie and loungewear, shirts, sportswear, trousers and denim, children’s wear, pullovers, uniforms, and beachwear to name a few.

    • Key Facts
      • Contribution to Domestic Exports – 40%
      • % of employment in manufacturing – 36%
      • Major Export Destinations – South Africa, UK, France Germany, USA, Madagascar Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium
      • Exports – MUR 21 billion
      • More than 136 manufacturers
    • Investment Opportunities
      • Technical & Medical textiles
      • Seamless garments
      • Yarn spinning
      • Vertical integration in fabric production (knitting & weaving)
      • High end sustainable garment production
    • Alcoholic Beverages

      Mauritius stands as one of the few countries that produces both Agricultural Rums (a rum distilled from the juice of fresh-cut sugar cane) & Traditional Rums (molasses-based rums). With such a rich seam of history and heritage to draw on, Mauritian spirits are well placed to capitalize on this trend, offering a broad range of styles and flavours. Mauritius makes some truly exceptional rums, but where it stands out from its competitors, is in its infusions. In line with the vision of graduating the offering of the classic Mauritian Rum to a new level of sophistication, a large variety of infused rums has been introduced, which uses the island’s local fruits and spices, such as Queen Victoria pineapples, vanilla beans, coffee, ginger, chillies, coconut and passion fruits. As opposed to tasting like a sweet syrup, the outcome is a flavoursome, palatable spirit with hints of coffee, roasted vanilla, spicy chilli and tart passion fruit.

      Rum forms part of Mauritius’ cultural heritage. Today, we have a range of over 35 rums and rum related products which have performed exceptionally in international tasting competitions such as London Spirits Competition, China Wine & Spirit Awards, The Spirits Business, World Rum Awards, World Spirits Awards, German Rum Award, Ultimate Spirits Challenge and International Wine & Spirit Competition amongst others and our rums are distributed in over 10 countries in Europe and internationally.

    • Opportunities
      • Investing in Bottling Plant
      • Investing in Distillers for Alcoholic & Zero-Alcoholic Spirits
      • Investing in the manufacture of Alcoholic & Zero – Alcoholic Spirits, Bitters, Syrups, Tarts etc.
      • Investing in Read-to-Drink (RTD) cocktails distillers
    • Jewellery

      The Jewellery sector today has emerged as an important pillar in the manufacturing industry, employing around 2500 workers. The export-oriented enterprises are involved in the cutting and polishing of diamonds, manufacturing of luxury and high-quality jewellery made up of 18 karat gold, silver, diamond and precious stones and also fine costume jewellery. They demonstrate a special know-how by combining a clever mix of high-tech, manual and traditional manufacturing techniques.

    • Advantages
      • Regulated Assay Office equipped with Gemological and gold purity testing lab
      • Kimberley Certificate Processing adopted by Mauritius
      • Gold is exempted from duties and taxes (Excise Duty, Import Duty, VAT)
      • Export duties are not applicable in Mauritius
      • Gold importation has been liberalized
      • Regional value chain integration
    • Key Opportunities
      • Cutting, polishing, refining of diamonds
      • Precious metal refining
      • High-end jewellery
      • Costume jewellery
      • Watch making & watch parts
    • Light Engineering

      The Light Engineering sector contributes to the industrial industry of the country by producing spare parts, small capital machinery, industrial materials and repair services to sustain other industrial, domestic, services or retail sectors. This sector is categorized under major subsectors namely Paints and Chemicals, Printing and Packaging, OEMs, Plastic products, Metal fabrication products, Furniture products and Electronics. Players together offer around 500 products that include agro and industrial chemicals, plastic products, switches, sockets, light sheds, channels, visors and gaskets, cables and pipes, providing critical support to various industries by manufacturing a wide range of high precision parts, castings, moulds and dices, fittings as well as light machinery that meet stringent norms and standards.

      With largely capital-intensive setup, unique and IP protected high value products, the sector boasts some 280 large establishments. With major operators employing around 16,725 persons, representing around 25% of the total number of jobs generated by the manufacturing sector, the Light Engineering sector is poised to become one of the key pillars of the economy.

    • Investment Opportunities

      OEMs and Automotive Components

      • Precision moulds
      • Automotive components
      • Machine parts
      • Manufacturing & assembly of electric battery
      • Manufacturing & assembly of solar water heaters/PV Panels
      • Manufacturing of electronic devices & parts
      • Testing kits

      Metal Fabrication

      • Steel construction bars
      • Die casts

      Printing and Packaging

      • Paper products
      • Flexible packaging
      • Carton boxes
      • Office stationnery
      • Books and periodicals

      Plastic products

      • Manufacturer of plastic products

       Paints and Chemicals

      • Soap and detergents
      • Pant and coatings
      • Speciality chemicals
      • Organic agricultural inputs
      • Eco-friendly cleaning products


      • Manufacturer of pellets, billets
      • Recycling of paper, plastic, glass, metals, oil, rubber, electronic devices
    • Seafood Processing

      Mauritius has a total maritime zone of 2.3 million square kilometers with an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.96 million square kilometers and a continental shelf of 396,000 square kilometers co-managed with the Republic of Seychelles.

      The Mauritius seafood hub has facilities for trading, transshipment, storage and warehousing, processing, distribution and re-export of fresh, chilled and frozen raw or value-added seafood products. Fish products includes canned tuna, pre-cooked vacuum-packed tuna loins, frozen tuna loins/steaks, frozen fish fillets, fresh chilled whole fish/fish fillets, smoked fish, salted fish, fish oil and fish meal.

    • Advantages
      • Amongst topmost African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) exporters of canned tuna to the European Union (EU).
      • Preferential Market Access to Africa, China, India, Europe and Regional Markets.
      • Certification of fish and fish products for export to Member States of the European Union (EU) is available locally.
      • Support for Trade Promotion & Marketing Scheme allowing 60% refund on air freight costs incurred on exports of chilled fish to Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, the USA and Vietnam.
      • Freight Rebate Scheme: Refund of 25% of the Basic Freight Cost to a maximum of USD 300 per 20-feet container and USD 600 per 40 –feet container exported to 45 eligible ports in Africa including Madagascar and Reunion.
    • Investment Opportunities
      • Processing plants
      • Cold storage facilities
      • Value-added seafood products
      • Processing of fish wastes/feed

Attractiveness of Mauritius

Mauritius offers a number of benefits to international manufacturing companies to set up production units locally.

These benefits include :

  • Preferential market access through AfCFTA, AGOA, CEPCA, COMESA, EPA, GSP, IOC, SADC, China FTA, Turkey FTA & Pakistan FTA
  • No import duties on equipment and raw materials
  • No export duties
  • VAT on raw materials is payable at customs clearance but reimbursable on exports
  • Streamlined procedures for the recruitment of expatriates and foreign labour with an 8-year work permit policy for expatriates in the manufacturing sector
  • Freight Rebate Scheme:
    • Refund of 25% of the Basic Freight Cost to a maximum of USD 300 per 20-feet container and USD 600 per 40 –feet container exported to 45 eligible ports in Africa including Madagascar and Reunion.
    • Extension of the Freight Rebate Scheme on the South African market for SMEs.
  • Support for Trade Promotion & Marketing Scheme:
    • 60% refund on air freight costs incurred on exports of all agricultural and non-agricultural products manufactured in Mauritius except for machinery, live animals and chemicals.
    • Exporting agents of locally manufactured products are eligible to the Trade Promotion and Marketing Scheme.
  • Investment Tax Credit of 15% per year for investment in high-tech manufacturing equipment
  • Accelerated depreciation on machinery, equipment and construction of industrial premises dedicated to manufacturing activities
  • Duty-Free and VAT free on goods and equipment imported into Freeport zones
  • Exemption from corporate tax
  • No Registration Duty and Land Transfer Tax on any transfer of a building or land earmarked for the construction of a building, to be utilised for setup of qualifying high-tech manufacturing activities
  • 3 per cent corporate tax on profits derived from exports of goods
  • 8-year income tax-holiday for companies engaged in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, medical devices and high-tech products
  • Tax Incentives for Research and Development (R&D)
  • Accelerated depreciation of 50 percent per annum on capital expenditure incurred on R&D

Incentives & Schemes

Through a panoply of schemes and unique incentives offered, EDB Mauritius supports the expansion and growth of business operations as a way to enhance substantive and value-added economic activities in Mauritius.

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“Medew Holdings was established to produce, process and market avocado domestically and for export. Mauritius was identified as a country which is politically and economically stable. With the strong support of the EDB and the Mauritian government, within a short timeframe, Medew Holdings Ltd has been able to successfully import avocado seeds and plants for cultivation”

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