President 2015

Mauritius is strongly positioned to host RAME2019

The paradise island of Mauritius, through its Professional Association of Freight Forwarders, has bid to host the 2019 meeting of region Africa and Middle East (RAME) of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations.

For centuries, the Dutch, English and French sailors used to stop over here while pursuing their trade route to or from India. The navigators considered our island as the star and key of the Indian Ocean due to its strategic position.

Later, Mark Twain, author of the American literary classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, visited our country in 1896 and wrote that you gather idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.

Nowadays, Mauritius is determined to become a regional logistics hub, privileged not only by its geographic location between Asia and Africa but also by ....(read more)

Monday, 24th Sep 2018

Council meeting

A ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ awarded by the World Bank to APT

The World Bank has just published its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ report for 2019 and the ‘Professional Association of Freight Forwarders’ of Mauritius’ (In French, APT_ Association Professionnelle des Transitaires) has received a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ from the World Bank for its contribution in providing valuable inputs about Mauritius pertaining to trade across borders.

Overall, our country is ranked 20th among the 190 countries on the ease of doing business, one place better than last year.

However, concerning the critical aspect of ‘Trade across borders’, our country holds the 69th place.

“There is room for improvement”, points out Gupta Gopaul, the Chairman of the ‘Professional Association of Freight Forwarders of Mauritius’ (APT) although the World Bank has noted that border compliance time has been reduced by 14 hours, making exporting easier through the ....(read more)

Thursday, 3rd Jan 2019

Sea transport

The US-China trade conflict

According to Luxembourg-based investment bank Nomura, there could be a sharp slowdown of exports from China this year, both for air and sea freight.

The consulting firm Mc Kinsey stated in a recent report that “the US–China economic equilibrium of the past 20 years has gone.”

However, there are also signs that the Chinese government wants to narrow the trade deficit with the United States.

Its Ministry of Finance announced during the end of December 2018 that it will scrap import and export tariffs on several goods. For exports in 2019, China will not levy any tariffs on 94 products including fertilisers, iron ore, slag, coal tar and wood pulp.

On its part, the United States have postponed their plans to increase at the beginning of 2019 its customs tariffs from 10 to 25%on $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Nevertheless, the ceasefire in the US-China trade conflict ....(read more)

Thursday, 3rd Jan 2019