Mauritania Import Restrictions

In order to enter Mauritania, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Mauritania government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Mauritania, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Mauritania.

Mauritania Import Regulations

Import regulations

Mauritania requires an import permit for many goods. Senders should determine import restrictions from Mauritanian authorities before posting:


  • Alcohol and spirits
  • Drugs and medicines
  • Firearms
  • Gold products
  • Meat
  • Mineral waters
  • Plants and cuttings
  • Saccharine
  • Sugarcane
  • Tobacco and cigarettes
  • Tapes: audio and computer
  • Weapons and parts of weapons

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods require an invoice.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Mauritania prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Coin-making apparatus
  • Coins and medallions resembling legal coinage
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Diamonds, rough
  • Essences used in making alcohol
  • Fish, tinned
  • Goods bearing the Red Cross or similar designs
  • Items contrary to the political and social order of the State
  • Microfiche and microfilm
  • Military equipment
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Pornography
  • Trademarks, French, false or imitated
  • Weapons
  • Weights and measures, non-metric.

Ordinary Letters:

Mauritania does not accept ordinary letters containing articles subject to customs duty.

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