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Mauritius: The subsidy program at the freight activities boost Mauritian exports to Africa

The subsidy program at freight activities - Freight Subsidy Scheme - launched on June 1 in Mauritius and which reimburses 25% of the cost of freight operations to Africa (excluding South Africa and Madagascar) and this, up to a maximum of 300 dollars per 20 feet container, has enabled increasing Mauritian exports to the continent.

The agriculture, textile, light engineering and stationery are mainly affected by this measure of state support.
This grant was notably used since its establishment by twenty local companies working for export.
According to the authorities which promote Mauritian products abroad, products previously rejected because of Asian competition are now competitive.
This grant also helped to significantly shorten the delivery time of Mauritian products for the African market.
Thus, the shipment of goods from Port Louis to Mombasa in Kenya previously put 30 days to be operated today is carried out within 15 days, as reported by the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.

Umee Ruhomally

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