Mauritania - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade
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Mauritania takes a top-down, government-driven approach.  Government ministers exercise considerable authority over all contracts and production decisions, which can sometimes slow decision-making.  The Prime Minister, and ultimately the President, are also involved in decisions involving high priority sectors.


The Mauritanian regulatory environment is characterized by poor norms and regulations.  The recently created Department for Standardization and Quality Promotion (DNPQ) is a Directorate of the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Mines whose mission concerns standardization, certification, accreditation, and metrology. The DNPQ is a correspondent member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  Classification of national standards are derived from international ones, and Mauritania accepts standards developed by U.S.-domiciled standards developing organizations.

Testing, Inspection and Clarification

In general, U.S. products meeting U.S. standards can enter the Mauritanian market. Imported products are rarely tested, and, except under specific situations (such as pork products, alcohol, or chemicals destined for the mining sector), products can enter the country without testing or inspection.

Publication of Technical Regulations 

Please see “Customs Regulations” under the “Customs, Regulations & Standards” section.           

Contact Information 

Guichet Unique

Le Guichet Unique (the “One Stop Shop”)

Mauritania Investment Promotion Agency

Agency for the Promotion of Investment in Mauritania ( 

Mauritanian Chamber of Commerce

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