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Cost of Shipping a Container to Mauritius

Published on 2021-08-24

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Mauritius?

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Mauritius Container Shipping Cost

If you want to ship a container to Mauritius, Three Movers is the company you need. We will help you understand all the elements involved in this complex operation so that you in turn have a good understanding of your bill. Our team of experts will help you plan your shipment to ensure you have a successful shipping process. 

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to Mauritius

When shipping a container internationally, you’ll need to consider the following:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: The more the items you intend to ship, the higher the cost. The same goes for weight.
  • The type of transportation used: Transportation of cargo by air is faster, but the cost will be higher in comparison to shipping by sea.
  • Distance: Distance is an unavoidable factor. A higher distance between the two locations means more fuel costs. 
  • The destination port: The destination port affects the cost of shipping cargo because port fees can vary. The main shipping port of Mauritius is Port Louis.
  • The peak period for shipping items to Mauritius is between August and October. Shipping during this period affects the cost of shipping.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

Choosing the right size of shipping container can seem daunting with all the different options available. However, most people will choose between a 20ft or 40ft container. The contents of a three-bedroom house can fit into a 20ft shipping container. Another way to visualize this is that it can fit around 100 washing machines. For anything bigger, go with a 40ft option.

Furthermore, you’ll have to choose between two types of load modes. If you are using the full size of the container, as most customers do, you’ll go with a Full Container Load option (FCL). On the other hand, if you don’t have enough items to fill the container you can opt for the Less Than Container Load option (LCL).

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Mauritius

Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to Mauritius of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $2330
40 ft Container $2750

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Mauritius.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL $175/CBM
Personal Effects $1320
Household Goods $1550
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International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $980
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $3380
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $4330
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $5350

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Mauritius via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $2750
SUV (Container) $2805
Sedan via RORO $1650
SUV via RORO $1730

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

As an island nation, Mauritius only has access to two forms of freight transportation. You can opt to ship by air freight or ocean freight. Which one works best for you will depend on what matters most: cost or time.

If time is of the essence and the total price isn’t your biggest concern, opt for air freight transportation. This method is significantly faster, but around 5 times more expensive than sea freight services.

Sea freight transportation might be slower, but it has less of a concern with weight and it’s the most cost-effective option. It is the volume that you’ll have to worry about. As such, you can ship heavier items with this method, if you don’t care too much about the duration of the voyage.

Additional Shipping Costs

There are usually additional shipping costs when shipping a container anywhere. The ones to expect are:

  • Insurance: Insuring items adds to the overall cost of shipping. They are vital in providing much-needed cover for your cargo.
  • Custom fees: Mauritius has import tariffs ranging from 0% to 30%, depending on the item. There is also a 15% value-added tax on all imported goods.
  • Inspection: You might be charged for inspection of the shipped items. This will add to the overall cost.
  • General Rate Increase (GRI): This is an adjustment of freight rates across specific trade routes. If the demand for shipping on a route increases, shipping costs might also increase.
  • Delivery Times: The delivery times can add to shipping costs. If a client requires express shipping, there will be additional costs.

Shipping A Container From South Africa To Mauritius

South Africa is one of the most common origin-destination for shipping containers going to Mauritius. That’s because South Africa is quite close to Mauritius compared to other major countries in the world. The distance between Port of Durban and Port Louis is 2868 KM. 

Three Movers can help you ship from South Africa to Mauritius. We provide the most shipping rates from South Africa to Mauritius.

What’s Next?

Now that you know the basics of container shipping the next step is contacting Three Movers container shipping company for a free quote. You can fill out the webform or call us at (888) 202-0036.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Mauritius?

Importers must submit the following documents upon shipping a container to Mauritius:

● Bill of lading/airway bill
● Bill of entry
● Invoice
● Packing list
● Insurance certificate (if applicable)
● Certificate of origin (if applicable)
● Other relevant documents/permits that may be required by government agencies (such as health, agriculture, veterinary services)

What Is a Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading is a document executed by a carrier, such as a railroad or shipping line, acknowledging receipt of goods and embodying an agreement to transport the goods to a stated destination. Such a negotiable document of title, which calls for the delivery of goods, must be distinguished from negotiable commercial paper such as notes and bills of exchange, which call for the money.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to Mauritius?

Prohibited goods in shipping to Mauritius include the following:

● Ivory
● Tortoise shells and other endangered animal products
● Underwater fishing guns
● Certain second-hand motor vehicle parts and accessories
● Appliances containing chlorofluorocarbons
● Asbestos fibers
● Publications/films/playable media of obscene character among others.

A detailed list of prohibited goods can be found on this link.

Restricted/controlled goods are subject to an import permit. Some of these items include the following:

● Petroleum oils
● Rice
● Flour
● Syringes
● Drugs and psychotropic substances
● Firecrackers
● Arms and ammunition
● Second-hand motor vehicles

A detailed list of restricted goods can be found here.

What’s The Difference Between Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties?

Before shipping a container to Lithuania, you must first study the difference between taxes, tariffs, and duties.

Customs duties are dependent on product information, while tariffs are fees incurred to products from countries for specific times. Lastly, tax rates are calculated on the complete value of the goods imported into the country.

How Important Is It to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

In some cases, containers either get lost, destroyed, or even stolen. To prevent paying for additional costs, ensure that you have your Bill of Lading with you to protect the cargo against inevitable losses.

Should these events happen, a cargo insurance policy enforces the cargo interest. Most cargo insurance policies are underwritten on an “all-risk basis.” This means that the insured is covered for risk of loss or damage except for those risks that are expressly excluded in the policy, such as loss or damage due to willful destruction of the goods by the insured or the inherent vice of the goods.

What Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to Mauritius?

Mauritius has a relatively streamlined trade regime and over the past several years, the government has taken steps to liberalize trade by lowering import tariffs over a wide range of products. 

Import tariffs are levied as specific tariffs and ad valorem tariffs. The ad valorem tariff rates currently range from zero to 30 percent, while the number of tariff bands currently stands at five (zero, five, 10, 15, and 30 percent).  Customs Duties are normally imposed on the CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) value of imported goods.  Vehicles, petroleum, alcoholic drinks, and cigarettes are subject to excise duties.  With some exceptions, goods imported into Mauritius are also subject to a 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT).

The tariff rates for different types of goods are listed here.

My Container Is Being Delivered to My Home. How Much Space Is Required?

Before getting your container delivered to Mauritius, you must consider a few factors. You have to know in advance some important information about the following:

● Delivery fees
● Permitting requirements
● Ground conditions
● Clearance space

20-ft containers require a straight clearance of 75 feet, while 40-ft containers need a hundred. For its respective width, you will need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance.

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

Waterproof. All new and used containers will be waterproof and come with a product guarantee. However, containers sold in “AS-IS” condition may have holes or crooked impairment, such as damaged corner posts. They are priced accordingly but are not guaranteed to be wind and watertight.

Ventilation. Vents on the upper part of the side walls are created for shipping containers. These might make containers placed inside a wet or cold surrounding prone to moisture and eventually become rusty, so it would be wiser to have your ventilation checked now and then.

Can I Track My Container While In Transit?

It can easily make us anxious when we have no constant updates over the container we just shipped, but Three Movers got your back. You may track your container while it is in transit and you can use one or all of these ways to do so:

● Personal, up-close monitoring
● GPS asset tracking
● Live Satellite Imagery
● Container Tracking Services
● Automatic Identification System Tracking

To learn more about our shipping services and these tracking ways, click here.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Movers can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Mauritius:

Afghanistan to Mauritius
Albania to Mauritius
Algeria to Mauritius
Andorra to Mauritius
Angola to Mauritius
Antigua to Mauritius
Argentina to Mauritius
Armenia to Mauritius
Australia to Mauritius
Austria to Mauritius
Azerbaijan to Mauritius
Bahamas to Mauritius
Bahrain to Mauritius
Bangladesh to Mauritius
Barbados to Mauritius
Belarus to Mauritius
Belgium to Mauritius
Belize to Mauritius
Benin to Mauritius
Bhutan to Mauritius
Bolivia to Mauritius
Bosnia Herzegovina to Mauritius
Botswana to Mauritius
Brazil to Mauritius
Brunei to Mauritius
Bulgaria to Mauritius
Burkina to Mauritius
Burundi to Mauritius
Cambodia to Mauritius
Cameroon to Mauritius
Canada to Mauritius
Cape Verde to Mauritius
Central African Rep to Mauritius
Chad to Mauritius
Chile to Mauritius
China to Mauritius
Colombia to Mauritius
Comoros to Mauritius
Congo to Mauritius
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Mauritius
Costa Rica to Mauritius
Croatia to Mauritius
Cuba to Mauritius
Cyprus to Mauritius
Czech Republic to Mauritius
Denmark to Mauritius
Djibouti to Mauritius
Dominica to Mauritius
Dominican Republic to Mauritius
East Timor to Mauritius
Ecuador to Mauritius
Egypt to Mauritius
El Salvador to Mauritius
Equatorial Guinea to Mauritius
Eritrea to Mauritius
Estonia to Mauritius
Ethiopia to Mauritius
Fiji to Mauritius
Finland to Mauritius
France to Mauritius
Gabon to Mauritius
Gambia to Mauritius
Georgia to Mauritius
Germany to Mauritius
Ghana to Mauritius
Greece to Mauritius

Grenada to Mauritius
Guatemala to Mauritius
Guinea to Mauritius
Guinea-Bissau to Mauritius
Guyana to Mauritius
Haiti to Mauritius
Honduras to Mauritius
Hungary to Mauritius
Iceland to Mauritius
India to Mauritius
Indonesia to Mauritius
Iran to Mauritius
Iraq to Mauritius
Ireland to Mauritius
Israel to Mauritius
Italy to Mauritius
Ivory Coast to Mauritius
Jamaica to Mauritius
Japan to Mauritius
Jordan to Mauritius
Kazakhstan to Mauritius
Kenya to Mauritius
Kiribati to Mauritius
Korea North to Mauritius
Korea South to Mauritius
Kosovo to Mauritius
Kuwait to Mauritius
Kyrgyzstan to Mauritius
Laos to Mauritius
Latvia to Mauritius
Lebanon to Mauritius
Lesotho to Mauritius
Liberia to Mauritius
Libya to Mauritius
Liechtenstein to Mauritius
Lithuania to Mauritius
Luxembourg to Mauritius
Macedonia to Mauritius
Madagascar to Mauritius
Malawi to Mauritius
Malaysia to Mauritius
Maldives to Mauritius
Mali to Mauritius
Malta to Mauritius
Marshall Islands to Mauritius
Mauritania to Mauritius
Mexico to Mauritius
Micronesia to Mauritius
Moldova to Mauritius
Monaco to Mauritius
Mongolia to Mauritius
Montenegro to Mauritius
Morocco to Mauritius
Mozambique to Mauritius
Myanmar, {Burma} to Mauritius
Namibia to Mauritius
Nauru to Mauritius
Nepal to Mauritius
Netherlands to Mauritius
New Zealand to Mauritius
Nicaragua to Mauritius
Niger to Mauritius
Nigeria to Mauritius
Norway to Mauritius
Oman to Mauritius
Pakistan to Mauritius

Palau to Mauritius
Palestine to Mauritius
Panama to Mauritius
Papua New Guinea to Mauritius
Paraguay to Mauritius
Peru to Mauritius
Philippines to Mauritius
Poland to Mauritius
Portugal to Mauritius
Qatar to Mauritius
Romania to Mauritius
Russian Federation to Mauritius
Rwanda to Mauritius
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Mauritius
Samoa to Mauritius
San Marino to Mauritius
Sao Tome & Principe to Mauritius
Saudi Arabia to Mauritius
Senegal to Mauritius
Serbia to Mauritius
Seychelles to Mauritius
Sierra Leone to Mauritius
Singapore to Mauritius
Slovakia to Mauritius
Slovenia to Mauritius
Solomon Islands to Mauritius
Somalia to Mauritius
South Africa to Mauritius
South Sudan to Mauritius
Spain to Mauritius
Sri Lanka to Mauritius
St Kitts & Nevis to Mauritius
St Lucia to Mauritius
Sudan to Mauritius
Suriname to Mauritius
Swaziland to Mauritius
Sweden to Mauritius
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to Mauritius
Syria to Mauritius
Taiwan to Mauritius
Tajikistan to Mauritius
Tanzania to Mauritius
Thailand to Mauritius
Timor-Leste to Mauritius
Togo to Mauritius
Tonga to Mauritius
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Tunisia to Mauritius
Turkey to Mauritius
Turkmenistan to Mauritius
Tuvalu to Mauritius
Uganda to Mauritius
Ukraine to Mauritius
United Arab Emirates to Mauritius
United Kingdom to Mauritius
United States to Mauritius
Uruguay to Mauritius
Uzbekistan to Mauritius
Vanuatu to Mauritius
Vatican City to Mauritius
Venezuela to Mauritius
Vietnam to Mauritius
Yemen to Mauritius
Zambia to Mauritius
Zimbabwe to Mauritius

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at [email protected]

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