The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA), between Mauritius and India, signed on 22 February this year, has come into force on 1st April 2021.
The CECPA contains 8 chapters and 16 annexes, including Trade in Goods, Rules of origin, Sanitary and phytosanitary measures, Technical barriers to Trade, Trade in services and Dispute Settlement.
On trade in goods, Mauritian exporters will benefit preferential market access on a list of 615 products as follows:
- Duty free access on 376 products
- Reduced duties on 127 products
- Tariff Rate Quotas on 112 products, including, inter-alia:
- 40 000 tons of special sugar at 10% duty compared to 100% applicable to import from all sources
- 2 million litres of beer at 25% duty, compared to 150% duty
- 1.5 million litres of rum at 50% duty compared to existing duty of 150%
- 5000 litres of fruit wine at 50% duty compared to duty of 150%
- 7.5 million pieces of garments at zero duty
- 7000 tons of canned tuna at zero duty
Mauritius will provide preferential access on 310 products, with Tariff Rate Quotas on 88 products such as spices, tea, plastic articles, wooden furniture, parts of motor vehicles, amongst others.
We would like to highlight that both Parties also agreed to pursue negotiations after the coming into force of the Agreement to extend preferential market access on a list of products of interest to each Party.
- Export Procedures and Certificate of Origin:
To benefit from the Agreement, potential importers and exporters will be required to meet the rules of origin requirements and to submit the certificate of origin or origin declaration. The certificate of origin shall be issued by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), Customs Department.
- Export Quotas: As regards exports to India, Tariff Quotas will be allocated to exporters in Mauritius, based on clearly defined criteria, by a Committee under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and comprising representatives from the public and private sector.
- Please note that the quota will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
- Interested exporters are requested to contact the MRA Customs Department on 2020500 or by email at email@example.com.
- Import Quotas: Tariff Quotas upon imports from India will be granted on a first come first serve basis in accordance with the date and time of validation of the bill of entry submitted for home consumption and will be managed by the MRA Customs Department. Detailed information with respect to the Tariff Quotas will be posted on the website of the MRA.