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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 118th largest goods trading partner with $422 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $87 million; goods imports totaled $335 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mauritius was $248 million in 2016. 

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' 147th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Mauritius in 2016 were $87 million, up 48.8% ($29 million) from 2015 and up 144.4% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: aircraft ($36 million), mineral fuels ($19 million), machinery ($7 million), electrical machinery ($5 million), and optical and medical instruments ($4 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Mauritius totaled $3 million in 2016.  

Imports

  • Mauritius was the United States' 95th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Mauritius totaled $335 million in 2016, down 15.2% ($60 million) from 2015, but up 53.3% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: woven apparel ($174 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($61 million), prepared meat and fish (tuna) ($40 million), knit apparel ($23 million), and live animals (primates) ($10 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Mauritius totaled $8 million in 2016. Leading categories include: raw beet & cane sugar ($7 million), spices ($694 thousand), rice ($320 thousand), sugars, sweeteners, bev bases ($111 thousand), and nursery products ($7 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mauritius was $248 million in 2016, a 26.3% decrease ($89 million) over 2015. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mauritius (stock) was $7.0 billion in 2016, a 5.4% decrease from 2015. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Mauritius.

  • Mauritius's FDI in the United States (stock) was $339 million in 2016, down 12.2% from 2015. The distribution of Mauritius's FDI in the United States is not available. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Mauritius are available.