Logistics

The setting up of the Mauritius Freeport in 1992 was aimed primarily at developing Mauritius into a competitive logistics and distribution centre for international trade. It has over the years grown into a thriving business platform and is home to global operators. Airport of Mauritius Ltd is pursuing the modernization of SSR International Airport and is working towards setting up the necessary infrastructure to allow private sector partners to develop new business activities.  

A new zone has been identified, as part of the Airport Master Plan, in the southern part of the airport for the implementation of a new Cargo and Freeport zone to create adequate facilities with a view to increase annual freight volume up to around 90,000 tons by 2025. Airports of Mauritius (AML) has earmarked over 34.6 hectares of land to create serviced plots that are now available for lease to interested operators and developers willing to set up cargo, freeport and logistics facilities.
 

USD 1.2 Billion

Total Trade Value

0.6 %

Contribution

231

Freeport operators

269682 Tons

Import Volume

542679

Total Trade Volume (Tons)

273005 Tons

Export volume

    • Mauritius Freeport

      The setting up of the Mauritius Freeport in 1992 was aimed primarily at developing Mauritius into a competitive logistics and distribution centre for international trade. It has over the years grown into a thriving business platform and is home to global operators. The Freeport today hosts 231 active operators, 8 third party freeport developers, 3 private freeport developers and employs around 3,500 people. The Mauritius Freeport contributes to about 0.6% to our GDP and has so far attracted close to MUR 7 billion of investments since its inception. The built-up space has also increased from 5,000m2 in 1993 to 300,000m2 in 2018.

      The continued development of Freeport projects spurred the economic activities of the Freeport with trade volume rising from 347,000 tons in 2013 to 542,000 tons in 2018 and boosting trade value from MUR 23 billion and to MUR 44 billion in the same period. Today, the Mauritius Freeport provides a modern integrated marketing, distribution and logistics platform that offers a wide range of products in terms of its facilities for intra and extra regional trade. The Freeport hosts companies involved in regional trade, break bulk operations, simple assembly and transformation, LPG storage and re-export, processing of seafood products for leading global markets in the EU, the US and Far East.

      Strategically located in the Indian Ocean, the Mauritius Freeport is leveraging on the ever-growing trade potential between Asia/Australia and Africa. Operators can avail themselves of the trade agreements and tax treaties Mauritius has signed with the numerous African States and as Member of the COMESA and SADC regional blocs. The Government is fully committed to re-dynamize the Mauritius Freeport and has taken several measures to further boost this sector. The measures enunciated in the Budget 2018-2019 are grafted on those announced in last year's budget, reflecting a continuation of the Government's vision. Besides, to adhere to international best practices and compliance standards, the Freeport regime has been aligned with the OECD, EU and WTO requirements.

      In a view to further strengthen the port competitiveness, the Mauritius Port Master Plan has set the following key objectives;

      • To increase Container Terminal capacity to 1 million TEUs by 2020, followed by an additional 1.5 million TEUs by 2030, with the coming into operation of the Island Container Terminal.
      • To improve productivity to 29 moves per hour by 2020 and to 35 moves per hour by 2030. 

      The aim is to increase sea connectivity with other African ports, create jobs, develop a dedicated cruise terminal, fishing port and bunkering hub.
       

    • Freeport activities

      Investment opportunities exist in a wide range of authorized export-oriented Freeport activities to Freeport operators. Companies operating in the Mauritius Freeport can carry out the following activities:

      1. Warehousing and storage
      2. Breaking bulk, sorting, grading, cleaning and mixing
      3. Labeling, packing, re- packing and repackaging
      4. Minor processing and light assembly
      5. Ship building, repairs and maintenance of ships and aircrafts
      6. Storage, maintenance and repairs of empty containers
      7. Export-oriented seaport and airport-based activities
      8. Quality control and inspection
      9. Vault for keeping gold, silver, platinum, precious and semi -precious stones, precious metals, pearls, works of art and collectors’ pieces and antiques;
      10. Security, courier, assaying and exhibition area, where relevant wholly and exclusively for Vault.
         
    • Freeport Incentives

      The Freeport legislation provides for a liberal and comprehensive package of incentives for companies looking for a cost-effective logistics platform:

      1. Duty-Free and VAT free for goods and equipment imported into Freeport zones
      2. 3% tax on export of goods
      3. Preferential market access
      4. 100% foreign ownership
      5. Free repatriation of profits
      6. No foreign exchange control
      7. Reduced port handling charges
         
  • Airport of Mauritius Ltd is pursuing the modernization of SSR International Airport and is working towards setting up the necessary infrastructure to allow private sector partners to develop new business activities. A new zone has been identified, as part of the Airport Master Plan, in the southern part of the airport for the implementation of a new Cargo and Freeport zone to create adequate facilities with a view to increase annual freight volume up to around 90,000 tons by 2025. Airports of Mauritius (AML) has earmarked over 34.6 hectares of land to create serviced plots that are now available for lease to interested operators and developers willing to set up cargo, freeport and logistics facilities. Much emphasis is being put on developing the freeport activities to boost trans-shipment traffic that is key to increasing cargo traffic at SSR International Airport, Mauritius being strategically located between Asia-Oceania, the Indian Ocean region & Africa.

    Development of new Freeport Zones at the Port and Airport 
    Since its inception, the Mauritius Freeport has so far attracted investment to the tune of MUR 7 billion towards infrastructural development in the seaport and airport zones. Several projects remain in the pipeline for Freeport infrastructural developments at the Port, Airport, JinFei and Riche Terre Business and Industrial Park in Mauritius.
     

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