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Customs tariffs slashed

Mauritius and Madagascar have decided to reduce their customs tariffs by an estimated 80 percent on goods having an added value of 45 percent that are currently exchanged between the two countries. Mauritius is a member of the Southern African Development Community. According to media reports the general-secretary of the Indian Ocean Commission, Caabi Mohamed, said that the customs tariffs will be completely removed by 1 January next year. He also said that there were indications that the Seychelles and the Comoros will also adopt the same policy shortly.

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