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

2018/ 2019, an eventful year for APT

The Annual General Meeting of the Professional Association of Freight Forwarders (Association Professionnelle des Transitaires) held in the offices of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led to the election of a new Executive Committee.

In his speech, the outgoing president, Gupta Gopaul covered the achievements of the association during the period running from March 2018 to March 2019.

He seized this opportunity to keep members of the association abreast of the difficulties and challenges faced to safeguard the overall interests of the freight clearing and forwarding agents in the rapidly evolving logistics world.

“We have also strived hard to maintain a favorable business environment where all of us could nurture while strictly complying to the provisions of the Competition Act”, he stated and acknowledged that “despite the fact that we may not have achieved ....(read more)

Monday, 30th Sep 2019

Sea transport

The possible consequences of IMO 2020 rules

The sea transportation of containers will be deeply impacted as from the beginning of next year with the introduction of the new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 regulations which advocates the use of low-sulphur fuel (a 0.5% sulphur limit) by vessels to protect the environment.

According to the firm of consultants Dewry, shipping companies may have increasingly recourse to slow steaming and transhipment.

Furthermore, the IMO 2020 rules may have negative consequences for some container lines especially if they cannot recover the extra costs from their customers through tariff increases.

When the sailing speed of a vessel is slower, the overall trip will take a longer time to complete and thus, ship owners may be tempted at stopping to call at certain ports so that the transit time between two major points remain competitive.

As a result, fewer ports will be ....(read more)

Monday, 30th Sep 2019