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The Budget 2016/17 has announced a major Air Freight Rebate Scheme which will entail a 40% rebate on Air Freight cost to Europe with regards to export of Textile and Apparel. The effective date for operationalization of the Speed-to-Market Scheme (STMS) is 1st January 2017 and will be applicable to exports effected as from 1st April 2017.

 Objectives

The Scheme aims at giving a boost to Textile and Apparel export to European countries and to enhance product delivery in terms of Speed-to-Market.

 Main Provisions

The Scheme will:

  • apply to manufacturing companies operating in the Textile and Apparel sector;
  • be on a 40% refund basis to relevant exporters;
  • be time-bound for 2 years;
  • be operated and managed by Enterprise Mauritius
  • be applicable to exports effected as from 1st April 2017.

 1.0 The Scheme will apply for Export to European Countries including UK – Annex 1 (Alphabetical list of European Countries)

 2.0 Categories of Textile and Apparel products eligible for rebate:

Textile and Apparel products manufactured in Mauritius and exported under (i) Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), (ii) EUR1 certificate of origin, (iii) Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

 3.0 Amount of Rebate:

  • 40% of Basic Air Freight Cost only

 4.0 Application for Rebate

  • Registration of companies : Companies have to register themselves once by filling the Registration Form that can be downloaded here.
  • Claim for refund : Application for refund has to be submitted in the Prescribed Claim Form  to  Enterprise Mauritius, 7th Floor, St James Court, St Denis Street, Port Louis, together with the following supporting documents:
  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

5.0 CAUTION

Enterprise 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 or Mrs Reshma Napaul on 2129760.

Updated: 5 April 2017