Mauritius along with two Eastern Southern Africa (ESA) states namely Seychelles and Zimbabwe signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the United Kingdom on 31 January 2019.
The Agreement will provide predictability and legal certainty to Mauritian operators exporting to the UK, independent of any UK-EU BREXIT outcomes.
Under the ESA-UK Economic Partnership Agreement, Mauritius will continue to benefit from duty free-quota free access on all products, including that of high export interest such as sugar, tuna, garments, agro processed products, pasta, biscuits, coconut oil, sugar confectionary and beer amongst others on the UK market.
The agreement will also allow the sourcing of raw material from the European Union (EU) to be processed in Mauritius for subsequent export to the UK. An automatic derogation to use non originating tuna in the production of canned tuna and tuna loins respectively for 6,200 tonnes and 341 tonnes has been secured, to be shared among the ESA tuna producing countries.
Mauritius ratified the Agreement on 21 February 2019. It will enter into force once the UK officially leaves.