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Mauritius is entitled to preferential commercial services under AGOA. U.S. exports to Mauritius include agricultural and industrial machinery, gems and jewelry, and optical/medical instruments. U.S. imports from Mauritius include textiles and clothing, gems and jewelry, processed fish, primates, sunglasses and sugar. More than 200 American products or companies are present in Mauricie. Nearly 25 establishments in Mauritius are located in the national and/or regional market, mainly in the fields of information technology, renewable energy, textiles, fast food and express couriers. American brands are widespread. Several American franchises have been present in Mauricie in recent years. The United States and Mauritius have signed a bilateral framework agreement on trade and investment. The United States has also signed a framework agreement on trade and investment with the common market for Eastern and Southern Africa, of which Mauritius is a part. The United States, in partnership with private and public Mauritian groups, promotes Mauritian entrepreneurship, including participation in exchange programs such as the United States International Visitor Leadership Program and the Young African Leaders Initiative.

In March 2018, Mauritius signed the agreement establishing the Continental Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in May 2019. The Mauritian government and the People`s Republic of China concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement in September 2018. The agreement was signed by both countries, but will not enter into force until it has been ratified. Mauritius also signed an agreement with the UK in January 2019 to preserve the trade preferences it currently enjoys under the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA) with the European Union. The new agreement, known as the EPA Agreement (UK and ESA), is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2021. Negotiations for a preferential trade agreement with Indonesia and a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CECPA) with India are underway. In addition, Mauritius and four other comea countries began negotiations in October 2019 to expand the iEPA. This agreement does not infringe on the domestic right of one of the parties or on the rights and obligations of one party under another agreement to which it belongs. It describes the bilateral and multilateral trade agreements to which that country belongs, including with the United States. Includes websites and other resources that allow U.S. companies to get more information about how they can use these agreements.

Mauritius is entitled to commercial benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides duty-free and quota-free access to the U.S. market for more than 6,000 eligible products from sub-Saharan Africa. For more information about AGOA, contact us online. The export of clothing from Mauritius to the United States from fabrics imported from any country is exempt from customs duties under the AGOA Third Country Fabric Commission. In 2015, the United States extended AGOA until September 30, 2025. In July 2020, the World Bank classified Mauritius as a high-income country, but added that the economic impact of the Covid 19 pandemic would likely degrade Mauritius` rating in July 2021. High income status triggers AGOA graduation after a two-year grace period. TIFA aims to strengthen and develop trade relations between the United States and Mauritius. It also offers the possibility of closer cooperation on a wide range of trade-related issues, including the establishment of the Doha Round for WTO development and the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).