Freeport and Logistics
The Mauritius Freeport was set up in 1992 with the objective of promoting Mauritius as a regional trading and logistics hub. At its humble beginning the Freeport provided basic warehouse for dry goods of 5,000 m2 that could capture “entrepot trade” only which stood at MUR 715 million and 20,000 tons in terms of value and volume of freeport trade performance.
Over the years, it has progressively evolved with specialized infrastructure being developed. Today 60 ha of land has already been declared with Freeport status based at the airport, port and Riche Terre. The Freeport infrastructure has reached nearly 400,000 m2 of built-up area on 46 Ha of land comprises of modern warehousing facilities, processing units, cold rooms, offices conforming to stringent international norms and standards.
Due to the spread of Covid 19, trade volume decreased to 258,972 tons in 2021, compared to 2020, which was 268,930 tons. The Freeport trade value has increased from 24.1 billion rupees in 2020 to 34.3 billion in 2021 which represents a 42% rise of in trade value.
As of 2022, there are 9 third-party freeport developers, three private freeport developers, and above 200 registered freeport operators, representing over 3,500 jobs. Top trading partners at import in 2021 were Taiwan, China, India, Singapore, and South Africa. Top trading partners at export in 2021 were South Africa, Madagascar, Reunion, United States and Taiwan. Top goods traded through the Mauritius freeport include live Animals, Prepared Foodstuffs and Beverages, Plastics, Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles and Base Metals.
The Mauritius Freeport is ranked Global Runner-up and No. 1 in Africa for the fDi’s Global Free Zones of the Year 2021 Awards published by the fDi intelligence magazine (Financial Times) on 14th October 2021.
For the 2021 awards, fDi Magazine, received applications from over 70 free zones, government entities and investment promotion agencies detailing their zone’s attractiveness, facilities and incentives offered to investors. The allocation of points was based on the response to specific questions related to strategy, covid response, infrastructure development and promotion of sustainability and ESG-compliant projects.
This prestigious international ranking confirms the momentum of the Freeport and Logistics sector followed by the global rankings of 2018 (8th) and 2020 (9th). In addition, this recognition further strengthens the competitive positioning of the Mauritius Freeport platform for the Eastern and Southern African region.
Despite the current international economic crisis in view of this pandemic, the Third Party and Private Freeport Developers have maintained several freeport projects as well as potential promoters in the logistics sector. The committed investments for Freeport & Logistics in terms of infrastructural development (warehouses, processing and industrial units, open air storage and offices) at the port, airport as well as Riche Terre are amounted to the tune of USD 230 Million for the period of 2020 to 2025.
Since its inception in 1992, the Mauritius freeport was aimed primarily at developing Mauritius into a competitive logistics and distribution hub for international trade. It has over the years grown into a thriving business platform and is home to global operators.
The high-quality service offerings provided by the freeport stakeholders, after nearly 30 years’ of existence, have contributed considerably towards shaping up the ideal logistics and value addition platform between Africa, Europe and Asia.
Strategically located, Mauritius is poised to become an integral part of the new economic architecture and shall place the Mauritius Freeport as the ideal logistics and value addition platform between Africa, Europe and Asia.
USD 775 Million
Total Trade Value (2021)
GDP contribution (2021)
Freeport operators (2021)
Import Volume (2021)
Export volume (2021)
Total Trade Volume (2021)