Mauritius-China Free Trade Agreement will enter into force on 01 January 2021

28 Dec 2020

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between The Government of the Republic of Mauritius and The Government of the People's Republic of China was signed in October 2019 in Beijing.

Following the completion of ratification procedures by both sides, the Mauritius-China FTA will enter into force on Friday 01 January 2021.

The FTA comprises of four main components which pertain to trade in goods, trade in services, investment and economic cooperation. The Agreement achieves the goal of mutually beneficial outcomes.

With regard to trade in goods, upon entry into force of the Mauritius-China FTA, Mauritius would benefit from immediate duty free access on the Chinese market on some 7,504 tariff lines. Tariffs on an additional 723 tariff lines will be phased out over a 5 to 7-year period starting on 01 January 2021. In addition, a Tariff Rate Quota for 50,000 tonnes of sugar will be implemented on a progressive basis over a period of 8 years with an initial quantity of 15,000 tonnes.

With respect to trade in services, both parties have agreed to remove restrictions in more than 100 service sectors. These include financial services, telecommunications, Information and Communications Technology, professional services, construction and health services.

The Mauritius-China Free Trade Agreement is China's first FTA with an African country. It will provide more solid institutional guarantee for deepening economic and trade relations between the two countries.

In light of the entry into force of the Mauritius-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), please find attached the following documents:

  1. Communique by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade
  2. Summary pertaining to market access to China
  3. Summary pertaining to Rules of Origin & Implementation Procedures
  4. Annex II - Product Specific Rules of Origin

Access to whole document of the Mauritius-China FTA

Sources : ITD

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