Freight Rebate Scheme

The Agricultural Marketing Board (AMB) is a self-financed parastatal body operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security(MOA & FS). The AMB was established in 1964 to implement food security strategies and to expand the local production of strategic crops like onions, potatoes and garlic.

The Freight Rebate Scheme is being implemented and managed by the Agricultural Marketing Board for and on behalf of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security and the Economic Development Board Mauritius.

Purpose of the scheme

To promote the exportation of various agricultural products grown in Mauritius and to increase local production of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Details of the scheme

Support for Trade Promotion & Marketing Scheme (TPMS) for Exports to Europe

As per Budgetary Measures 2019/2020 the Speed to Market Scheme (STMS) renamed as “Support for Trade Promotion & Marketing Scheme” (TPMS), has been extended for one more year to maintain export competitiveness to Europe with a capping of Rs10M per company effective as from 1st of April 2019 to 31st March 2020. The Scheme will entail a 40% rebate on Air Freight cost (All-in-prices) to Europe

Objectives

The Scheme aims at giving a boost to local exports to European countries and to enhance product delivery in terms of Speed-to-Market for the following eligible products; (1) Textile and Apparel, (2) Jewellery, (3) Medical Devices, (4) Chilled Fish, (5) Fruits, (6) Flowers, (7) Vegetables, (8) Articles of Leather, (9) Footwear, (10) Watches, and (11) Fabric Plush Toys.

  • Export to Non European Countries

Exports to Non-EU countries will continue to benefit from a rebate of 25% on freight costs paid on selected produce in the minimum weights shown below;

1. Fruits

Selected Produce Minimum Weight Exported
Avocados 100 Kg
Fruits de Cythere 50 Kg
Litchis 200 Kg
Passion Fruits 25 Kg
Pineapples 50 Kg
Star Fruits(Caramboles) 50 Kg

2. Vegetables

Selected Produce Minimum Weight Exported
Anguives 50 Kg
Breadfruits 300 Kg
Fine Beans & Extra Fine Beans 25 Kg
Green Chillies 25 Kg
Greens(Bredes) 25 Kg
Palm Hearts 50 Kg
Moringa 25 Kg
Colocassia 25 Kg
Bitter Gourd 50 Kg
Ridged Gourd 50 Kg
Lady Finger 50 Kg

3. Flowers

Selected Produce Minimum Weight Exported
Anthuriums 100 Kg
Orchids 100 Kg
Decorative foliage, ornamentals & associated parts 100 Kg

Refunds

Refunds will be effected by the Agricultural Marketing Board on behalf of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security after necessary approval of relevant authorities (SFWF & FAREI).


FRS under MOA & FS

Exporters of the selected product must first register themselves with the Agricultural Marketing Board (AMB).

Download Registration Form for Exporters

All producers of selected products must be duly registered with the Small Farmers Welfare Fund (SFWF) and the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI).

The eligible selected produce is either unprocessed or minimally processed (i.e. produce which is peeled and vacuum packed or peeled, sliced/carved and vacuum packed or peeled, dried and vacuum packed).

NB: Pickles and other produce in jars/food containers will not be eligible for participation under this scheme.

The scheme will only be applicable to produce exported to countries with which Mauritius has international trade relations.

Rebate

The rebate will be payable in the following manner;

  • 12.5 % on chargeable weight at a rate of Rs. 30.45 per Kg to the exporter after exportation
  • 12.5 % on chargeable weight at a rate of Rs. 30.45 per Kg to the producer(s) after exportation

Download Rebate/Claim Form

(Editable format is available upon request)

And subject to the following:

  1. Filling in of the required forms

Applications will be entertained up to a maximum of 60 days after exportation has occurred(Late applications will not be accepted)

2. Provision of all requisite information and proof required after exportation which shall include:

(Mandatory Documents)

2.1 Application form for refund of freight
2.2 Exporter’s invoice showing Consignee, airway bill  number, produces, gross weight, net weight, etc
2.3 Original airway bill duly signed and sealed
2.4 Memorandum receipt duly signed and sealed
2.5  Bill of Entry for export duly signed and sealed
2.6 *** Producers’ receipts/agreement with producers clearly showing Tax Account Number, bank account details and duly signed

***Download Producer Receipt

(Optional Documents)

2.7 Packing lists
2.8 Export permits
2.9 Certificates of origin
3.0 Original bank advice
3.1 Phytosanitary certificate

NB: Exporters must be aware that as the funds available under this scheme for each calendar year are limited, all rebates will be made on a first come first served basis until the depletion of the said funds. Disclosure of TAN is not mandatory.


All forms and necessary documents should be addressed and deposited to:

Accounts Department

c/o Agricultural Marketing Board

Leclezio Avenue

Moka

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Accounts Department of AMB on the following numbers or email address;

Tel: 433 4025

Fax: 433 4837

Email: amb@ambmauritius.mu

FRS under TPMS

Main Provisions

The Scheme will:

•  apply to manufacture companies in Textile and Apparel, Jewellery, Medical Devices, Articles of Leather, Footwear, Watches, Fabric Plush Toys, and producers/exporters of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and chilled fish•  be on a 40% refund basis to relevant exporters; except for vegetables, fruits, flowers where payment will be equally shared between the Planter (20%) and the Exporter (20%)

•  be time-bound for 1 year

•  be operated and managed by the Economic Development Board (EDB) Mauritius

•  be applicable to Exports effected as from 1st April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

An amount of Rs 120 million has been earmarked for Year 2019/2020 and the Scheme will entail a 40% rebate on Air Freight cost (All-in-prices) to Europe.

Note that the Economic Development Board (EDB) Mauritius is limited to Rs120 million for refund under this scheme.

Application for the rebate on exports of Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables shall be submitted to Agricultural Marketing Board within 60 days following exportation

Criteria

All producers must be duly registered with the Small Farmers Welfare Fund (SFWF) and the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI).

Exporters willing to apply for rebate must register themselves with the Economic Development Board Mauritius.
The Scheme will apply for Export to European Countries including the UK – Please see below Annex 1 (Alphabetical list of European Countries)

The registration form duly filled must be deposited at the Agricultural Marketing Board with copies of the following documents;

• Business Registration Number Card
• Proof of Address
• Bank Account No

Download TPMS Registration Form
(Editable format is available upon request)

Application for Rebate

Application has to be made in the form below together with the following documents;

Download Application for Rebate/Claim Form

1. Copy of Air Waybill (AWB) or House Air Waybill (HAWB);
2. Copy of Commercial Invoice;
3. Copy of Export Declaration;
4. Copy of Packing List
5. Certified copies of Invoices (with costs breakdown of freight components) & Receipts of payments from Freight Forwarder/Courier Service/ Carrier;
6. Copy of Certificate of Origin (for Exports under EPA or EUR1 or GSP)
7. Copy of Gate Pass/Memorandum
8. Producer Receipt

Download Producer Receipt

*Registration Form and Claim Form can be downloaded from the website of the Economic Development Board Mauritius

The time limit for submission of claim

Application for the rebate on exports of Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables shall be submitted to Agricultural Marketing Board within 60 days following exportation

CAUTION

The Economic Development Board (EDB) Mauritius reserves the right to exercise control post disbursement of fund and in case any fraudulent declaration is detected the following may apply:

1) The company will not be eligible for any future rebate, and
2) Legal action will be undertaken to recover the amount refunded and may be also liable to prosecution.
For any additional details, you may contact Mr. Pravin Soburrun on 2033825 or Mrs. Reshma Napaul on 2032446.

ANNEX 1 – Alphabetical list of countries in Europe

1. Albania
2. Andorra
3. Armenia
4. Austria
5. Azerbaijan
6. Belarus
7. Belgium
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
9. Bulgaria
10. Croatia
11. Cyprus
12. Czech Republic
13. Denmark
14. Estonia
15. Finland
16. France
17. Georgia
18. Germany
19. Greece
20. Hungary
21. Iceland
22. Ireland
23. Italy
24. Kazakhstan
25. Kosovo
26. Latvia
27. Liechtenstein
28. Lithuania
29. Luxembourg
30. Macedonia
31. Malta
32. Moldova
33. Monaco
34. Montenegro
35. Netherlands
36. Norway
37. Poland
38. Portugal
39. Romania
40. Russia
41. San Marino
42. Serbia
43. Slovakia
44. Slovenia
45. Spain
46. Sweden
47. Switzerland
48. Turkey
49. Ukraine
50. United Kingdom (UK)
51. Vatican City

 

 

 

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