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Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Protection

About Import Division

4th Floor
Anglo Mauritius Building
Intendance Street
Port Louis
Republic of Mauritius
Control of Imports
 pointcli.gif Authorised   Dealers in Importation and sale of Second-hand motor Vehicles as (at 5 April 2009)

 pointcli.gif How to join the TradeNet Phase 5 System
 pointcli.gif Guidelines for the submission of application for an Import Permit
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 pointcli.gif List of Controlled goods
 pointcli.gif List of Prohibited goods

The Import Division of the Ministry is concerned with the control of Import of certain controlled goods and the issue of licence to authorised dealers in the importation and sale of second-hand motor vehicles.
A control on the importation of certain goods is exercised under the Consumer Protection (Control of Imports) Regulations 1999 (Government Notice No.135 of 1999).
An import permit is required from the Import Division of the Ministry in respect of goods appearing in the First Schedule to the Regulations.  Goods that are prohibited are listed at the Second Schedule to the Regulations.  The types of restriction imposed on certain goods are set out at the Fourth Schedule to the Regulations.  Import permits for certain items appearing in the First Schedule are issued under certain specific conditions.  These conditions are specified in the Fifth Schedule to the Regulations.  
On  2nd July 2001 , the Trade Net Phase 5 System, which involves the electronic submission of applications, issue of Import Permits and clearance of controlled goods at the Customs, was introduced under the provisions of Regulation 11 (A) of G.N. 135 of 1999 

 pointcli.gifThe issue of licence to authorised dealers in imported second-hand motor vehicles is governed under the Consumer Protection (Importation and sale of Second-hand Motor Vehicles) Regulations 2004.
 pointcli.gif Any person wishing to carry on the business of importation and sale of second-hand motor vehicles should be a company which:-
 (a) has an issued share capital of not les than 2 million rupees;
 (b) holds a licence issued under regulation 6;
 (c) operates from its business premise;
 (d) the business premise should be –
       (i)   destined solely for the display and sale of imported second-hand motor vehicles and sale of spare parts;
       (ii)  separated from any other compound or building used for a purpose other than the purpose specified at (i);
       (iii) easily accessible to the public and motor vehicles.
pointcli.gif Documents required for any company which intends to carry on the business of importation and sale of second-hand motor vehicles:-
  (i) Application forms in duplicate in the prescribed form duly filled.
 (ii) Certificate of Incorporation of the company.
 (iii) Location and site plan of proposed showroom (closed yard or showroom and an office).
 (iv) List of shareholders/directors.
 (v) Bank certificate attesting a credit balance of not less than 2 million rupees.
 (vi) Bank reference certificate for each Director.
 (vii) Certificate from the owner of a Public Bonded Warehouse attesting the space provided for and the number of vehicles to be stored.
 (viii) Valid Trading Licence as dealer in second-hand motor vehicles and spare parts.
 (ix) Certificate attesting that the company has not been wound up.
 (x) A declaration from the Court as to whether any director of the company has or has not been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty during the last 10 years preceding the application.
pointcli.gifIssue of licence
A licence is issued within 15 days after submission of all appropriate documents and is valid up to 12 months subject to–
 (i)   the payment of a fee of 50,000 rupees.
 (ii)  submission of a security by means of a bank guarantee or an insurance security for a period of 24 months starting from the date of commencement of the validity of the licence.
 (iii)  The licence is renewable annually

The Ministry of Business Enterprises & Cooperatives has proceeded with the full implementation of the TradeNet Phase 5 System since2nd July, 2001 .
The TradeNet Phase 5 System which involves the electronic submission and issue of Import/Export Permits has been developed with a view to facilitating Import and Export procedures.  The relevant Regulations were amended to provide for such electronic transactions.
The TradeNet Phase 5 System is in fact one of the different phases of the Mauritius TradeNet System (M.T.S.).  The Electronic Data Interchange Technology (E.D.l.) is used under this system to receive and issue electronic documents and messages via a Local Central Network, the Mauritius Network Services (M.N.S.).  The Mauritius Network Services is a corporate body that provides a Network Infrastructure with a view to linking public and private organisations.
Since 2nd July, 2001, Importers wishing to import controlled goods do not have to call at the Import Division of this Ministry to submit their application forms and eventually to call again to collect the permits.  The Importers now send an appropriate message electronically to the Ministry and send any supporting document viz.  Proforma invoice, Trade Licence etc. by fax.  The Import Permit is issued within 3 working days after submission of appropriate documents.

On arrival of the goods, the Importer sends by fax one copy of the Commercial Invoice and Bill of Lading; and any other appropriate documents to obtain
the authorisation from the Ministry to clear the goods at the Customs.  The grant of authorisation to clear the goods at is also approved within 3 working days.

The TradeNet Phase 5 System operates on a 24 hour basis for the submission of applications for Import and Export Permits and for providing information on the status of the applications submitted.

Any person wishing to apply for an import permit should resort to the services of anyone of the following TradeNet Users:-
1.         Clearing and Forwarding Agents
2.         Commission Agents
3.         Customs Brokers

Individual importers and exporters may register themselves as a TradeNet User for submission of their own application or on behalf of their sister companies.
The appropriate application forms for registration with the Ministry and the Mauritius Network Services are available at the Import Division of the Ministry. A help-desk for TradeNet Phase 5 system is in operation at the Import Division, 4th Floor,Anglo Mauritius Building, Port Louis.
The introduction of the Trade Net Phase 5 System is confirming this Government's endeavour to offer a prompt, efficient and 24 hour service to the public.