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Mauritius

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 124th largest goods trading partner with $442 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $123 million; goods imports totaled $319 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mauritius was $196 million in 2018.

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' 144th largest goods export market in 2018.

  • U.S. goods exports to Mauritius in 2018 were $123 million, up 100.8% ($62 million) from 2017 and up 140.6% from 2008. 

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: mineral fuels ($46 million), machinery ($39 million), electrical machinery ($6 million), special other ($5 million), and optical and medical instruments ($4 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Mauritius totaled $3 million in 2018.

Imports

  • Mauritius was the United States' 106th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.

  • U.S. goods imports from Mauritius totaled $319 million in 2018, up 11.8% ($34 million) from 2017, and up 80.9% from 2008. 

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: woven apparel ($121 million), precious metal and stone ($81 million), prepared meat and fish ($49 million), knit apparel ($26 million), and sugar ($10 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Mauritius totaled $10 million in 2018. Leading categories include: raw beet & cane sugar ($10 million), tree nuts ($269 thousand), sugars, sweeteners, bev bases ($113 thousand), wine and beer ($91 thousand), and nursery products ($5 thousand).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mauritius was $196 million in 2018, a 12.7% decrease ($28 million) over 2017. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mauritius (stock) was $9.5 billion in 2018, a 8.4% decrease from 2017. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Mauritius.

  • Mauritius's FDI in the United States (stock) was $552 million in 2018, up 25.2% from 2017. There is no information on the distribution of Mauritius FDI in the U.S.

NOTE: No services trade data with Mauritius are available.