Do you know the procedures for moving to Mauritius?
Moving is one of the final steps before moving to a new destination. Moving to Mauritius requires organisation and an understanding of the required procedures. It is important for you to know the main steps to follow in order to organise your move in the best possible way.
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How to organise your move?
1. The prerequisites for sending your furniture to the other side of the world!
Before planning your move, you need to know where you are going to send your furniture! This is a small but essential question that your mover will ask you when sending your belongings.
👉 Our tips for the best preparation HERE
To send your boxes by container with a mover, you must have :
- Your up-to-date passport
- A reception address in the host country
- Your residence permit (visa) or "approval in principle" (pre-approval for the occupation permit process in Mauritius) if you are in the process of obtaining it
2. Sorting out
You have to pack your boxes. This is certainly not the most fun part of the move, as you have to sort out your belongings and probably leave some furniture and objects behind.
If you are planning to bring all your belongings with you, you should take into account the customs restrictions. You are allowed to import your personal belongings, such as; your appliances, furniture, clothes, dishes, car, etc...
However, there is a list of objects/products that are strictly forbidden or require special authorisation in Mauritius. Here is a small but not exhaustive list :
Plant material, plant, seed and flower
|Requires authorisation for import|
|Sugar cane, invertebrates and micro-organisms||
Requires authorisation for import
|Weapons of war, hunting or fishing and ammunition||
Requires authorisation for import
|Live animal/animal product||
You need an Import Permit to bring your pet to Mauritius. We tell you more HERE
Tips: It is suggested that you discuss this further with your mover/carrier when listing and valuing your goods. They are very familiar with customs restrictions.
Start the process to bring your house to Mauritius!
1. Choosing your mover
For security reasons, it is best to use a professional removal company to move your goods. It is best to use international companies such as AGS Déménagement Internationaux, FEDEMAC (European Movers Federation) or FIDI (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux). They take care of everything from the start and make it easier for you to move, thanks to their structure and network.
Their services usually include :
- Packing your goods
- Choice of carrier
- Establish contact with their partner in Mauritius
- Dismantling and reassembling your furniture
- Valuation of your property
However, if you prefer to use a Mauritian company, you can use freight forwarding companies such as FTL. They have an international presence and can help you in your home country and in Mauritius. They will arrange for the packing and dismantling of your goods through their partners in your home country.
We suggest you talk to other expatriates who have gone through the same steps and contact the Professional Association of Freight Forwarders of Mauritius. They will be able to guide you!
2. Evaluate the volume to be transported and the method of removal
Once you have sorted out your belongings, the removal company you have contacted will carry out an inventory and evaluate the volume to be transported. This assessment will also enable them to determine the best option for transporting your goods, i.e. :
- The use of pallets per m³
- Number, type and size of containers required
- Number and size of canteens and storage boxes
It will also guide you on the type/mode of container to choose.
You have two options for transporting your goods:
Air travel: Perfect, if you don't have a lot of stuff to bring back, as it's much quicker. The only downside is that it costs more.
Sea freight: Offers you more space to store all your belongings and several possibilities depending on the volume to be transported. It also guarantees better protection for your goods being transhipped. You save on packing, handling and storage of your belongings. The duration is generally 20 to 40 days.
Which container to choose?
There are several container sizes. It all depends on the volume to be transhipped. Here are some possibilities:
20-foot sea container
|Can hold a 3-bedroom house, i.e. a volume of about 33 m³.
Dimensions (interior) 2.16 metres (H), 5.91 metres (W) and 2.37 metres (D).
Container rate: €4,500 +.
40-foot sea container
Can hold a 4 bedroom house, i.e. 77 m³. Suitable, if you also want to ship your car.
Dimensions (interior): 2.69 metres (H), 12.014 metres (W) and 2.37 metres (D).
Container rate: € 7,500 +.
If you don't have a lot of belongings, we suggest that you opt for " groupage". This usually costs between €2,000 and €5,000 ( €350/m³) and, above all, reduces the cost of transport. The only problem is that you will have to wait until the container is completely full, which increases the delivery time.
3. Request a quote
Moving is an investment! It's not a decision you take lightly! Once you have assessed the size of your belongings and your needs, it will be easier for you to know what is best for you.
We advise you to request several quotes from removal companies in order to better compare offers. Here is a list of things to look at:
- Services and facilities on departure and arrival
- Type of transport (By air or sea)
- The duration of the transport
- The procedures for moving with the authorities and the necessary documents.
- The cost of the carrier and the duration once on the island
- Insurance coverage
Before you finalise your removal and accept the quotation, you should also make a list of all your belongings and make a " declaration of value". By making this declaration, you will be able to claim compensation from your mover/carrier in case of unforeseen damage. You will be given an insurance contract.
Please note: It is important for you to draw up a removal contract with the company you have chosen. Do not hesitate to ask for one, as it also contains the obligations of your transporter and your insurance cover.
4. Customs clearance and welcome to Mauritius with your furniture!
Once the container has arrived at its destination, you will need to go to the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) to complete your formalities. You must have your residence permit, passport, list of assets and declaration of value in hand to complete the formalities.
Please note: If this is not the case, your container will be held up in customs. You will have to pay additional storage fees.
They will then suggest an appointment at the Docks to open the container. The customs control will check the contents.
Warning: You risk heavy penalties if they find prohibited products (see list above).
There is usually no tax to pay on your personal effects such as clothes, TVs, furniture, appliances, etc. that have been in use for at least one year. However, if they find new goods, you will have to pay an amount to clear them through customs.
Tips: Remember to take your new products out of their boxes. Don't hesitate to ask your mover/carrier to avoid any surprises!
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