If you have goods or cargo to ship to Mauritius from Thailand, here are some tips and information to make things go smoothly.
Officially known as the Republic of Mauritius, this small island country located off of the southern coast of Eastern Africa is a collection of small islands with the capital city of Port Louis located on the island of Mauritius Island. This island country is home to a wide range of ethnicities and wildlife. It was also home to the now extinct Dodo bird.
When shipping to Mauritius, there are options for both air and ocean transit. The main port is Port Louis for receiving ocean freight and the only international airport that handles is air freight is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, more commonly called Mauritius Airport.
While the airport terminal does handle freight, most commercial shipping goes through the ocean port of Port Louis. That being the case, we will focus this article on shipping via ocean carrier to Mauritius from Thailand.
Considerations of shipping to Mauritius to Thailand
- Container size – For large shipments, a 40 foot or 20 foot full (FCL) container is the most economical option based on cost per kilo. Since most shipments to this country are probably not going to require that much space, the most economical option is to contract with your freight agent to ship LCL or less than a container load. This means that your cargo will be consolidated with other cargo going to the same destination. While this will result is a longer transit time, the savings are significant.
- Documentation – When shipping internationally, nothing causes more delays and problems than incomplete or incorrectly labeled documents. To avoid this unpleasant and often costly problem, we strongly advise that you work closely with your freight forwarder to make sure all necessary documents are in order.
- Packaging – securing your cargo correctly will ensure that it arrives in good shape without damage. Your freight forwarder will be able to advise or help you to palletize goods securely.
- Insurance – On the off chance that your shipment is damaged or lost in transit, cargo insurance is always advised. Eagles Air & Sea has been working closely with a well-respected insurer of ocean freight for over 25 years.
For the best results when shipping from Thailand to Mauritius, Eagles Air & Sea are happy to offer the services and a free consultation to our client who are doing business in this island nation. Please contact us either by phone or email at our offices in Bangkok or Singapore.
Frequent Asked Questions
What are the restricted items when shipping to Mauritius?
A partial list includes such items as firearms, ammunition, and second hand vehicles. A complete list can be provided by your freight forwarder.
What is the transit time from Thailand to Mauritius?
While this can vary depending on the carrier and the time of year, a good rule of thumb is 3 to 4 weeks.
How much will tax and duties be in Mauritius?
A value added tax of 15% is typical and the tariff rates are currently between 0 and 30%, depending on the type of cargo.