Guide to Sending Parcels to Mauritania

The Sahara Desert dominates Mauritania's landscape, which has made life challenging for its populace. However, the Desert is a limitless supply of sunshine, and that makes Mauritania the perfect place for solar power farms, and on the road to a brighter future.

Mauritania's difficult economic conditions have hampered its e-commerce growth; nevertheless, the government has worked hard to improve the country's fibre optic infrastructure. And now 20% of the population is active on social media, and has a mobile phone penetration rate of 110%, so e-commerce opportunities are bound to grow.

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While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Mauritania before shipping any goods.

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Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.

Shipping Documents Only to MauritaniaDocuments Only

Mauritania allows shipments of the following items to enter the country as a document:

  • Advertising literature and pamphlets
  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Blueprints
  • Cash letters, negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Computer print-outs
  • Credit cards
  • Diplomas
  • Drawings (including sepia drawings)
  • Driver's licence
  • Graphs
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Intercompany mail
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps and charts
  • Mylars
  • Newspapers and publications
  • Photographs
  • Price lists
  • Proposals and bids
  • Seismic data
  • Specifications sheets

Mauritanian customs allow the tabled items below entry into the country if the parcel complies by the restrictions shown.

Item Restriction
Brochures and catalogues Maximum shipment weight of 10 kg
Event tickets - stage shows, concerts, and football (soccer) matches Cannot be a shipment from a printing company to a ticket sales office or an event manager
Forms Must be blank
Manuals Must be of a technical nature
Newsletters For company use only

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA

Shipping Gifts to MauritaniaShipping Gifts

Gifts up to a value of $25 USD (about $30 CAD) may enter Mauritania exempt from duties and taxes.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Mauritania will be allowed a duty- and tax-free entry into the country if its value is no more than $25 USD (about $30 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Mauritian customs rules allow low value gifts (maximum of $25 USD - about $30 CAD) to enter the country exempt from VAT and duty.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A parcel with a gift valued at no greater than $25 USD (about $30 CAD) will NOT incur duty or tax liabilities.

Gift Checklist

  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If your shipment contains multiple gifts, be sure to wrap and tag each gift separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html

Shipping personal effects/belongings to MauritaniaShipping Personal Effects

There is little information available regarding shipping personal effects to Mauritania from Canada save for non-student temporary visits. For these cases, duties and taxes will not be incurred on the shipments as long as:

  • The goods stay a maximum of 6 months in Mauritania (this may be extended once)
  • The goods are for the personal use of the claimant only
  • The quantity and variety of goods in the shipment cannot be mistaken for a commercial consignment

Moving Temporarily

Students

No information is available at this time concerning students moving temporarily to Mauritania with their personal effects.

Non-students

Non-students who move to Mauritania temporarily may ship their personal effects exempt from duties and taxes provided:

  • The items are re-exported within 6 months* of their arrival
  • The shipment contains a reasonable amount of goods for personal use (i.e. it is clearly NOT a commercial shipment)

*This may be renewed once

Moving Permanently

At this time, there is no information available regarding moving permanently to Mauritania with one's personal effects.

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://impots.gov.mr:8080/DGI/files/Code%20des%20Douanes%20J.O.%201403%20du%2030.12.2017.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to MauritaniaFood, Chocolate, Candies

Most foodstuffs may be shipped to Mauritania without restrictions or incurred fees.

You May Ship

  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Yogourt and sweetened dairy products
  • Pasta
  • Mineral water
  • Powdered sugar

Do Not Ship

  • Perishables - produce and other plant products
Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping Promotional Material to MauritaniaSamples

Commercial samples are allowed a tax-free entry into Mauritania if the shipper uses an ATA Carnet.

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://www.mauritiustrade.mu/en/market-survey/mauritania/selling-and-buying
https://impots.gov.mr:8080/DGI/files/Code%20des%20Douanes%20J.O.%201403%20du%2030.12.2017.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sending Promotional material to MauritaniaAdvertising Material

Advertising materials will be allowed entry into Mauritania if they are a temporary import, and:

  • They will be used at an international conference or trade fair; or
  • Intended for display at an exhibition
Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://impots.gov.mr:8080/DGI/files/Code%20des%20Douanes%20J.O.%201403%20du%2030.12.2017.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in MauritaniaRepairs

Machinery and equipment shipped to Mauritania from Canada for repairs will be allowed a duty- and tax-free entry into the country.

Items Under Warranty

Information regarding Items from Mauritania repaired under warranty in Canada is unavailable at this time.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Goods no longer under warranty that are repaired in Canada will be liable to Canadian duty and GST. GST will also be applied to any parts used to effect the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Mauritania

Products sent to Mauritania for repair may enter exempt from duties and taxes.

Returning Repaired Product to Mauritania

There is no information at this time concerning products repaired in Canada under a warranty and returned to Mauritania.

Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return(see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Mauritania or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://impots.gov.mr:8080/DGI/files/Code%20des%20Douanes%20J.O.%201403%20du%2030.12.2017.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to MauritaniaTemporary Imports

Goods imported into Mauritania for a temporary stay may do so exempt partially or wholly from duties and taxes provided they are re-exported.

Temporary goods include those imported for display and demonstration purposes.

ATA Carnets

If you are shipping commercial samples to Mauritania, then an ATA Carnet must be used so that no duties or taxes are applied to the shipment.

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://impots.gov.mr:8080/DGI/files/Code%20des%20Douanes%20J.O.%201403%20du%2030.12.2017.pdf
http://www.wcoomd.org/-/media/wco/public/global/pdf/topics/facilitation/instruments-and-tools/conventions/ata/handbookconvention-on-temporary-admission-istanbul-26-june-1990_en.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within MauritaniaPermanent/Sold Goods

All shipments of sold goods, regardless of their value, will be liable to duty and taxes upon entering Mauritania.

Occasional Shipper

All sold goods entering Mauritania, even by occasional shippers, will incur duty and taxes regardless of the value of the shipment.

Regular shipper

Regular shippers of sold goods to Mauritania are recommended to employ the services of a licenced Mauritanian customs broker. This is particularly important for shipments that require a phytosanitary certificate.

Sources:
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S371R1.pdf&Open=True
https://www.mauritaniatrade.com/en/importing-into-mauritania/procedures.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Mauritania

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

IconRequired Documents

Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Mauritania. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Mauritania, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Goods declared prohibited will not be allowed entry into Mauritania while those deemed restricted may enter the country, but will require authorisation from a government agency.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and their parts, ammunition
  • Plastic bags
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Any Mauritian emblem, national decoration, etc. made outside of the country and claims to be from Mauritania
  • Any pornographic material - photographs, writing, paintings, engravings, etc.
  • Psychotropic drugs and narcotics
  • Pork
  • Alcoholic beverages

Restricted Items

  • Military uniforms
  • Animal products
  • Plants and plant products

Sources:
https://www.mauritaniatrade.com/en/importing-into-mauritania/procedures.html

Duty & Taxes

Imports entering Mauritania have their duties and taxes calculated using the CIF method, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

If you were to calculate the CIF value of your shipment to Mauritania, it would give you an estimate of the duties and taxes the recipient will be required to pay.

Thresholds

There are no thresholds (also known as a de minimis value) on imported goods entering Mauritania. This means all imports will incur duties and taxes regardless of their value.


Currency Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRU)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) N/A
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 16%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Excise Taxes

Excise taxes will be applied to the following products when they enter Mauritania:

  • Tea (20%)
  • Powdered sugar (7.5%)
  • Tobacco products (60%)
  • Yogourt and sweetened dairy products (60%)
  • Pasta (30%)
  • Mineral water (80%)

  • Candy20%
  • Chocolate20%
  • Spirits and winesVariable
  • Tobacco60%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles20%
  • Computers & laptops13%
  • Tablets13%
  • Mobiles13%
  • Cameras20%
  • Accessories for Electronics13%
  • Coats20%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics20%
  • Jewellery20%
  • Shirts & pants20%
  • Home appliances20%
  • Toys20%
  • Sports equipment20%

Sources:
https://www.mauritaniatrade.com/importation-en-mauritanie/tarifs-douaniers.html
https://www.mauritaniatrade.com/en/importing-into-mauritania/procedures.html

IconMauritania Shipping Insurance

You can purchase insurance through Secureship, and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment, our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn't meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

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