The Eastern Southern Africa (ESA)–United Kingdom (UK) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed on 31st January 2019 in London 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 tuna producing countries.
The UK has also appointed a consulting firm to identify specific projects for development cooperation. The UK will put financial support and technical assistance to fund ESA projects in sectors covered by the Agreement including those related to infrastructure development, regional integration, trade policy and regulation, trade development, agriculture, energy, tourism, environment and private sector development.
The Agreement will enter into force once the UK moves out of the EU.