Reference is made to the regulation established by the Ministry of Environment with regards to the Printing of Details of Manufacturer on Plastic Packaging, effective as from 1st March 2021.
These regulations specify that all exempt plastic bags, including those made for packaging of textiles, foodstuffs, as well as exported plastic bags, will have to be printed with :
- the name and address of the manufacturer of the plastic packaging
- the country of origin (Mauritius)
- batch number and production date
- the type of exempt plastic bag
MEXA consulted its members to take stock of the impact of the above regulation on our imports and exports, principally for plastic bags used for packaging of our export products. Our members are of the view that it will be very difficult for their international clients to accept these printings on their packaging. Moreover, we have also received representations from buyers which have their head office in Mauritius, expressing concerns regarding these printings.
Further to these consultations, MEXA has sent an official letter to the Ministry of Environment to express the concerns of the export companies and has sought an urgent meeting with the Ministry accordingly.