Release Date: 24 May 2010
Release ID: 4733
Velogic stands out as the first complete logistics provider in Mauritius. It has integrated since the
1st February 2010, all its logistic services, placed under a common management team led by the
Country Manager, André de Commarmond.
Customers thus benefit from a single interface to access the whole range of logistic services from
customs clearing to express courier, container, freight forwarding, road transportation and
In the ‘2010 Logistics Performance Index’ of the World Bank, Mauritius has been allotted an
overall score of 2.72 which is 55.3% of the highest performer, Germany.
Mauritius has been ranked as the 33rd country among the 155 countries of the survey on the
‘Ease of arranging competitively priced shipments’, 50th for the ‘Efficiency of its customs
clearance process’, 96th in ‘Quality of trade and transport-related infrastructure’, 97th in
‘Competence and quality of logistics services’, 100th on ‘Ability to track and trace consignments’
and as the 127th country on the basis of ‘Frequency with which shipments reach the consignee
within the scheduled or expected time’.
Growth rate of 6% in the logistics sector this year
A growth rate of 6% is expected in 2010 for activities related to transport, storage and
communications. The growth rate was 5.3% last year. The tourism sector and the forthcoming
World Cup Football competition in South Africa will be the main engines that will increase
demand for logistics services.
Huge investments in infrastructure to facilitate supply chain
To ensure that logistics operations in India become more cost-effective, its government is trying
to enhance its roads and ports infrastructure.
The country is simplifying its land acquisition procedures so as to achieve its goal of building 20
km of roads per day. 1.73 trillion rupees have been allocated to infrastructure projects in India’s
budget for 2010.
New private ports eye growth in demand for logistics services
Construction firms, investors and commodity companies are investing in the construction of new
ports all over India, eyeing on the opportunity that the demand for logistic services will increase
by 14% if the annual growth rate of the economy turns around 8%.
For all the new private ports to succeed, they will need good road and rail connectivity. The
group Adani which operates the largest private port in Mumdra, Gujarat, paid for 61 km of
railway track as part of the port investment. Private ports include Rewas near Mumbai and those
on the east coast such as Gangavaram and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Air India becomes active on the freight market
Due to the growth in air freight, Air India has entered into talks with its rival international airlines to
lease cargo space on their planes moving out of India.
The carrier has also sent two of the 8 Airbus A310 of its fleet to be converted into freighters. "We
are initially targeting the Kerala-Gulf route for perishable commodities, and also the India-Europe
particularly Germany route," said to the press Air India chairman and managing director K.
Income from cargo operations currently accounts for less than 10% of Air India operating
Rise in customs duties on reconditioned and second-hand vehicles
There has been an increase of 20 to 30% of customs duties on reconditioned and second-hand
vehicles compared to last year tariffs. For instance, customs duties on a Mazda van imported
from Singapore, China or South Korea, have risen by nearly 1.6 million ariary.
The customs duties are determined based on the market sale value of the vehicle, its different
options and the cost of freight. The firm Gasynet makes the physical inspection before sending its
report to the office of Société Générale de Surveillance in Ivory Coast which calculates the duties
before sending back the data to Madagascar.
Big hotels exonerated from income tax for 3 years
The Finance Act 2010 expects fiscal revenues of 1 150 billion ariary. However due to the global
economic crisis that has still an impact on the hotel industry of Madagascar, some big hotels
have on an individual basis, asked the ministry of Finance to be exonerated from income tax for
a period of 3 years. This will probably give the large hotels the opportunity of undertaking
renovation or upgrading works.
According to Eric Koller, president of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants of Madagascar,
the ministry has granted the moratorium to operators that have made the special request letter.
A fund to reinforce agricultural organisations
Aropa, a 19 million US $ project financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development
to reinforce agricultural organisations in Madagascar, will be implemented this year.
The project will help small producers to access services and equipment that they need. A rise in
imported agricultural machines is expected. Six regions of the South of Madagascar are
concerned by this project: Anosy, Haute-Matsiatra, Androy, Ihorombe, Amoron'Imania and
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