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Mauritania

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements

Prohibitions

The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • 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.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Express.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

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.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 7.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

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 Australia Post Customer Contact Centre on 13 76 78.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

  • International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to Nouadhibou and Nouakchott
    International Express - Parcels delivers to other towns and rural destinations by mail. International Express - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.
  • International Express - Letters service available on a non-guaranteed basis
  • International Registered Post
    Mauritania pays compensation only in the case of loss, total theft or total destruction of the article.

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Mauritanian Post website.

Make sure it's safe to send

Some items are considered dangerous and unsuitable for sending from Australia, even if they’re not prohibited by the destination country.