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MEXA Logistics Council
 
MEXA, has since year 2007, set up a Logistics Committee with a view to assist the development of our export sector and to improve the overall awareness and performance of the logistics industry in Mauritius. The MEXA Logistics Council is a public private forum that consists of members from public institutions, academics, logistics service providers and operators. Members meet regularly to discuss issues of interest with the aim of improving the rank of Mauritius on the World Bank ranking. To achieve its goals, the Council has initiated various activities ranging from training and capacity building to recognition of logisticians as well as logistics projects:
  • La Semaine Logistique
  • Exhibition of logistics service providers
  • Logistics Award
  • Cargo Community System
  • Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between University of Mauritius and University of Le Havre.
  • Validation des Acquis et de l’Experience for professionals with low academic profile.
  • Cold Chain Logistics and workshop on ‘Managing your Cold Stores: Optimizing your Resources and Reducing your Costs’
  • Workshop on Audit Professional for Textile and Seafood companies
  • Exhibition & Talks for students at the University of Mauritius
  • Workshop on ‘Logistics Management For Beginners’
  • Live duplex TV broadcast program from the Port and Airport areas to raise the general public awareness on logistics. Different themes if public interest were discussed with the assistance with two panels of guests.
 
La Semaine Logistique
 
La Semaine Logistique is a regular feature that is organized annually with the objective of recognising the contribution of the players of the logistics sector. This event has been organized for the past three years in collaboration with the University of Mauritius and Université du Havre under the French cooperation and l’Agence Francaise de Development. In 2011, the conference was given a regional dimension with the participation of the countries of the region through the support and collaboration of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). During La Semaine Logistique, several activities are carried out for professionals as well as non-professionals of the logistics sector with the aim of enabling non-professionals to understand the complexities of Logistics Management and Planning. MEXA launched the Logistics Award to recognize the professionalism and dedication of outstanding companies and professionals for their significant contribution to the industry as well as to promote logistics.
 
Cargo Community System (CCS)
 
This port community project was led by MEXA for the past years and has been recognised as necessary to facilitate and secure trade. The Mauritius Cargo Community Services (MCCS), a public-private sector company was set up in January 2008 after discussions and negotiations with the stakeholders. The company has as founding shareholders The Mauritius Export Association (MEXA), The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), State Investment Corporation Ltd (SIC), Mauritius Port Authority (MPA), Cargo Handling Corporation Ltd (CHC), Customs House Brokers Association (CHBA), Mauritian Shipping Agents Association (APAMM) and SOGET SA thus reflecting the public-private character of this initiative.

The CCS which optimises and orchestrates supply chain business processes will enable streamlined Customs procedures in compliance with the World Customs Organisation framework of standards for trade facilitation, improved US and EU Market access by providing advanced electronic cargo information to receiving Customs, Increased competitiveness and responsiveness of manufacturers and facilitation of transshipment. The users include ship agents, freight forwarders, customs brokers, CHCL, MPA, Customs, other Government agencies (Health, Fisheries, phytosanitary…), airport cargo operators, hauliers, importers and exporters.
 
Study on regional maritime feeder vessel
 
Following frequent change of scheduling of the main shipping lines towards European destinations, many exporters have found it more and more difficult to secure a reliable and efficient service. In several instances, undue delays, sometimes extending shipment time to as much as 45 days, caused undue inconveniences to the exporters, thus impacting heavily on our exports’ competitiveness.

To have a better understanding on the direct regular service to Europe, MEXA decided to carry out a feasibility study. This study, assigned to Cope Trans, was possible thanks to the contribution of a few members, namely, Woven labels, IBL logistics, MFD, Floreal, Socota, Panexport, Enterprise Mauritius and MEXA.

This study has demonstrated its technical feasibility to put at the disposal of local and regional exporters, a reliable feeder/shipping line that would help improve transit times to Europe.
 
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