Quality & Technical Standards
Mauritania is in a transitional stage with respect to the
application of WTO regulations and standards. Since the elimination of
import-export licenses, most imports do not require preliminary
authorization. However, the Government plans to create an agency to regulate
the import and export of some products considered to be sensitive, such as
live animals, sugar, rice, pharmaceuticals, arms, narcotics, and explosives.
Mauritania requires pre-shipment inspection of goods costing more than
$5,000 (F.O.B). These goods are inspected again at the port of Nouakchott by
the Société Générale de Surveillance. The Government intends to extend the
role of the SGS to other standards controls. The Government also plans to
establish a foodstuffs control and fraud repression laboratory.
Mauritania does not yet have a standards system or quality
control agency, although one is being planned. Unofficially, major importers
(SNIM, for example) use foreign security and sanitary norms to evaluate
goods particularly French & American.
There are no testing laboratories for imported goods. However,
the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) inspects the conformity of the
goods (nature, quality, quantity, and price) with the purchase documents
(commercial invoice and bill of lading).
There are no requirements for product certification. Buying
decisions are based on product expiration date, price, and quality. Few
importers require the use of their personal labeling in packaging.
To date, there is only the Swiss-based SGS, accredited in
Mauritania to inspect imports at the port of Nouakchott, particularly food
and pharmaceutical products.
Publication of Technical Regulations
Proposed changes to technical regulations are usually not
published. However, all final regulations are published in the national
gazette, the "Journal Officiel de la République Islamique de Mauritanie,"
and copies are distributed to relevant government agencies.
agencies that develop trade and investment standards are:
Direction de la Promotion du
Commerce Extérieur (DPCE)
Ministère du Commerce et de l’Industrie
Tel: (222) 525-3572
GSM: (222) 644-6088
Direction du Développement du
Secteur Privé (known as "Guichet Unique")
Ministère de l’Economie et de Finance
Tel: (222) 529-0345
Fax: (222) 529-1290
Direction de l'Industrie
Ministère du Pétrole et des Mines
Tel: (222) 525-7266 or 525-3351
Fax: (222) 525-6937
Direction de Promotion des
Produits de Pêches
Ministère des Pêches et Economie Maritime
Tel : (222) 529-3059
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Direction des Hydrocarbures
Ministère de l’Hydraulique, de l’Energie
et des TIC
Tel: (222) 524-4307
Fax: (222) 525-9515