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Mauritius

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AGOA Status: Mauritius is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Mauritius signed a Trade & Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2006. The third U.S.-Mauritian TIFA Council Meeting was held in April 2009. Later that year, the United States and Mauritius launched bilateral investment treaty negotiations.

Mauritius is also a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which also has a TIFA with the U.S.

U.S. - Mauritius Trade Facts

Mauritius is currently our 125th largest goods trading partner with $347 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $61 million; goods imports totaled $286 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mauritius was $224 million in 2017.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Mauritius supported an estimated 2 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Mauritius was the United States' 163rd largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Mauritius in 2017 were $61 million, down 29.4% ($26 million) from 2016 but up 23.4% from 2007.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: mineral fuels ($18 million), machinery ($9 million), electrical machinery ($5 million), vehicles ($3 million), and aircraft ($3 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Mauritius totaled $3 million in 2017.  

Imports

  • Mauritius was the United States' 104th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Mauritius totaled $286 million in 2017, down 14.9% ($50 million) from 2016, but up 52.4% from 2007.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: woven apparel ($123 million), precious metal and stone ($60 million), prepared meat and fish ($34 million), knit apparel ($24 million), and sugar ($11 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Mauritius totaled $12 million in 2017. Leading categories include: raw beet & cane sugar ($11 million), spices ($820 thousand), sugars, sweeteners, bev bases ($85 thousand), wine and beer ($48 thousand), and tea, including herb ($10 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mauritius was $224 million in 2017, a 9.8% decrease ($24 million) over 2016. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mauritius (stock) was $10.4 billion in 2017, a 7.7% increase from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Mauritius.

  • Mauritius's FDI in the United States (stock) was $441 million in 2017, up 37.0% from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of Mauritius FDI in the U.S. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Mauritius are available.