The news came in today ,19th of July 2012, regarding some changes in the stand of local authorities towards the BIS license. As you were already aware, couple of licenses/permits issued by different countries had been deemed non receivable by the local authorities following the publishing of new guidelines back in March 2012. Following a long and hard period of negotiations amongst the various stakeholders in the field of maritime security in Mauritius (namely the British High Commission, firearm dealers and ourselves as your shipping company in Mauritius), the local authorities have agreed to a temporary solution to allow arms purchased under a BIS license to enter and leave the country to the end use of escorting maritime vessels against potential piracy threats in the Indian Ocean. A set of conditions which apply to this temporary solution has also been set. You will find the details in the attachments below. This temporary solution will be in place until 31st of October 2012 at which time the authorities, as we are made to understand, will request that the initial criteria set out in the original guidelines be fulfilled. We cannot at this time say how things will evolve, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. We would urge each and every one to go carefully through the below attachments, which are basically documents issued by the British High Commission regarding the procedure to be followed to allow BIS supported arms to transit Mauritius. To also note that each application for transit will be considered on a case to case basis by the local authorities. We are not very clear yet on what this means exactly and will have to further the discussion with the authorities to find out.
We will certainly keep a close eye on this case and await the further developments. As per usual, as a valued client of Port Agency Services (Mauritius) Ltd, you will be updated within the next few hours of anything happening here in Mauritius.
The PAS (Mauritius) Team
Letter from British High Commission
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