Goods destined for export may be subject to the requirement for a third party agency approval to export, for example, export permit from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection.


Application for a particular permit should be made to the relevant authority and customs will allow export only after the approval of the application. Below is a list of goods which require export permits:


List of Controlled Exports


  • Live animals (all species including birds)
  • Meat , meat products and edible meat offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies ( fresh , chilled, frozen)
  • Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood
  • Vegetables (fresh and dried) & certain roots and tubers
  • Rice (excluding samples) exceeding 10 Kg
  • Wheat or Meslin flour (excluding samples) exceeding 10 Kg 
  • Sugar (excluding samples) exceeding 10 Kg
  • Sand
  • Limestone
  • Cement (excluding samples) exceeding 10 Kg
  • Organs (animals)
  • Textiles and textile articles for export to USA and Canada excluding sample of a value not exceeding 250 USD
  • Bird’s feathers
  • Rough diamonds
  • Textile garments for men / boy, women / girl and babies for export to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Pharmaceutical products
  • Fish and , fish products & crustaceans, mollusc and other aquatic invertebrates; any live fish: coral or shell, whether live or dead; by-catch fish
  • Dangerous Chemicals, Pesticides & extremely Dangerous Chemicals
  • Used Vehicles
  • Tea & tea products (none medicinal)
  • Tobacco & tobacco Product
  • Plant & plant product
  • Spice
  • Dry whole onions, Fresh whole Garlic, Fresh whole potatoes, Garlic seeds, Onion seeds, Potato seeds.
  • Groundnuts
  • Arms and ammunitions
    • Dangerous drug 
    • Endangered fauna/flora spices as cited in the CITES appendices
    • Bank Notes > Rs 500,000
    • Copy Rights (CDs & DVDs)
    • Hazardous wastes as per Environment Protection Reg 2001
       - Pharmaceuticals Products
       - Products containing radioactive elements
  • Used batteries
  • Scrap metals (except for a person who is engaged in a manufacturing business which generates scrap metal as a by-product may export that by-product)
  • Alcohol (No person shall export alcohol except with the written authorization of the Director-General and subject to the terms and conditions specified in the authorization)


Prohibited Goods for Exports


  1. National Heritage


    No person shall export or cause to export a National Heritage, that is goods designated in Section 12 and specified in the Schedule of the National Heritage Fund Act 2003 without the prior approval of the National Heritage Fund Board.


  2. Copper Exported as Scrap


    1. Refined copper and copper alloys, unwrought classified under H.S Heading 7403 exported as scrap
    2. Copper waste and scrap classified under H.S Heading 7404


The MRA-Customs Department is the competent authority for the issuance of certificates of origin as indicated in table below and on the basis of  conditions laid down in the respective preferential trade agreements.  Applications are submitted electronically to Customs for processing and issuance at the MRA- Customs - Origin Unit Counter.  The certificates of origin are remitted in original hardcopy to the Exporter/Exporter’s authorized representative.


AGOA/VISA Certificate of Origin and COMESA Certificates of origin are issued by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection.  The AGOA/VISA Certificate of origin pertains to preferential import of textile and apparel products into the USA.  The AGOA/VISA Certificate, duly stamped by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, should be submitted to the MRA Customs- Origin Unit for verification of the AGOA/VISA Certificate, together with supporting documents, prior to shipment.


    Issuing Competent Authority
Certificate of Origin Trade Agreements MRA Customs Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Movement Certificate EUR 1 Interim Economic Partnership Agreement -  
Turkey – Mauritius Free Trade Agreement  -  
Southern African Development Authority (SADC ) SADC Protocol on Trade -  
Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Protocol sur les Règles d’Origine COI -  
Certificate of Origin – Pakistan – Mauritius Preferential Trade Agreement (PMPTA) Pakistan – Mauritius Preferential Trade Agreement -  
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA/VISA Certificate) AGOA Act    -
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa  (COMESA) Protocol on Rules of Origin - COMESA   -