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Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Protection

About Price fixing Unit

Price Control
 
The prices of several basic commodities such as rice, flour and bread have traditionally been administered in Mauritius.  Administered prices have long represented a form of social protection in Mauritius due to the country’s dependence on imported staples such as rice and flour.  Price controls were introduced in the late 1960s to benefit consumers by making available essential commodities at reasonable prices and on regular supply.
 
Price control of commodities can be classified under three categories:-
(i)    Commodities under Maximum Retail Price.
(ii)    Commodities under Maximum Mark Up.
(iii)  Commodities under Maximum Recommended Retail Price.

The Price Fixing Unit under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Protection has as main objective to fix the prices of certain essential commodities under the Maximum Price Regulations for the welfare of consumers and to prevent traders from profiteering.It also deals with the price of essential commodities which are subject to control through the Maximum Mark Up system like pharmaceutical product, Infant milk powder etc, Milk powder under the Maximum Recommended Retail Price (MRRP) and controlled commodities applicable to the island of Rodrigues.
 
Maximum Price

Consumer goods in respect of which the maximum wholesale and retail prices have to be determined are:
 
1.    Scheduled Bread
2.    Fertilizers (Only Straight and Complex)
3.    Rice (Excluding luxury rice)
4.    Flour (Including Whole Wheat Flour)
5.    LPG (Cylinders of 5, 6 & 12 kg)
6.    Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK)
7.    Mogas & Gas Oil
8.    Potatoes    
9.    Onions
Maximum Mark Up

Goods controlled under the Maximum Mark Up Regulations are:
 
 
SN​
List of commodities
Special Allowance (%)
Mark up (%)
1
Adult diapers
-
20
2
Baby diapers
-
20
3

Basmati rice ​
-
20
4
Blood Glucose Strips
2
35
5
Breakfast cereals
-
20
6
Butter and spreads
-
20
7
Corned Beef
1
19
8
Corned Mutton (Imported)
Corned Mutton (Locally Manufactured)
1
-
19
19
9
Face masks
-
15
10
Hand sanitisers
-
15
11
Imported Fresh Fruits
5
45
12
Infant Milk Powder
-
17
13
Long grain rice
-
20
14
Margarine
-
20
15
Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, lasagna, farfalle)
-
20
16
Pharmaceutical Products
2
35
17
Pilchards
1
19
18
Processed cheese
-
20
19
Pulses (dholl petit pois, dholl gram, lentilles noires, lentilles rouges, gros pois)​
-
20
20
Respirators (Specialised face masks)
-
15
21
Sanitary Pads
-
20
22
Sanitary Tampons
-
20
23
Sanitary Towels
-
20​
 
Maximum Recommended Retail Price (MRRP)
 
Goods under MRRP – Milk Powder

Price Control in Rodrigues

SN
List of Products
Wholesaler's Profit (%)
Retailer's Profit(%)
1
Adult Diapers
9
12
2
Animal feed
8
5
3
Blood Glucose Strips
 
21.6
4
Butter and Margarine
4
7
5
Canned Fish
6
7
6
Canned Meat
6
8
7
Canned Poultry
6
8
8
Canned Sausages
6
8
9
Cheese
5
8
10
Edible Oil (Crude Oil)
            (Refined Oil)
5                    
4
8                      
8
11
Infant Milk Powder
6
7
12
Milk Powder
6
7
13
Tea
3
7
14
Cement
N/A
N/A
15
Fresh Fish (controlled by RRA)
N/A
N/A
16
Bread
N/A
N/A
17
Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK)
N/A
N/A
18
Flour wheaten
N/A
N/A
19
Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG in cylinder of 5,6 and 12 kgs)
N/A
N/A
20
Rice
N/A
N/A
21
Mogas
N/A
N/A
22
Gas Oil
N/A
N/A