Trade obstacle report

Id: 64
Ongoing resolution 14-60d
Context
Importing from South Africa to Mauritius
20/03/2019 - Government institution, Ministry of Health Food Import Unit, Mauritius
Ministry of Health does not allow import of edible organic coconut oil for some importers whereas two other companies namely Mantra and Health Solution are allowed to import edible coconut oil and are permitted by the Ministry of Health to sell it in supermarkets all over Mauritius. This is a discriminating act for the importers which are blocked and the issue is going on for almost a year now. Dr Bronner coconut oil is available everywhere as Health Solution is bringing it in illegal and they declare it as cosmetic coconut oil which doesn't need the approval of the Food Import Unit, however once it passes Customs it's sold in supermarkets as edible coconut oil and nobody minds.
Yes, this is a recurring problem.
Trade obstacle information
  • Arbitrary behavior of officials regarding classification and valuation of the reported product
National regulation: Other prohibitions or restrictions of products or substances (please specify)
Food Regulations
Product information
  • 151319 - Coconut (copra) oil&its fractions refined but not chemically modified
Unrefined cold pressed organic coconut oil
Additional information
Do not discriminate importers and merchants, either the laws apply to everybody or nobody. We suffer loss of business
Report's updates
25/03/2019   New
26/03/2019    Ongoing resolution <14d Details

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