That's a measure which makes online shopaholics quite unhappy 😬. This means that all purchases above Rs 1,000 will be eligible to VAT charges when clearing customs in Mauritius. Previously, only items above Rs 3, 000 were concerned as there was a higher exemption value.
In March 2014, the ICTA published a communique to inform the public about the existing regulations which will henceforth be more strictly enforced. But today, I am hereby confirming this fact : No permits (TAC) is needed to clear out of the customs if you are importing mobile phones for personal use.
According to this national regulatory authority for the ICT sector and the postal services, Mauritians might be more willing to purchase and carry out payment transactions without any fear on local e-commerce web sites displaying the "Trust Seal" awarded by the local authorities on several criteria.
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Previously a customs broker was required to clear out your parcels from the customs if the total amount was greater than Rs10,000. This gonna change now with what was announced in the budget 2013.
Here's an updated article about measures being strictly taken into consideration when clearing items out of the Mauritian customs. This article should help you a lot for your online purchases.