Mauritius and Türkiye signed a Free Trade Agreement on 9 September 2011. The Agreement entered into force on 01 June 2013. The FTA is partly based on the European Union-Eastern and Southern Africa interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EU-ESA IEPA). The FTA supports access to a market of more than 80 million inhabitants.
The Agreement covers trade in goods only. Mauritian exporters benefit from duty-free and quota-free access on all industrial products.
With respect to agricultural products, the FTA provides preferential access to Mauritian exporters on a list of some 40 products on a tariff quota basis, including products of interest such as tuna, cake decoration, noodles, food preparations, tropical fruits and pet food.
The FTA contains a Protocol in Rules of Origin which is based on the iEPA. The rules of origin are product-specific and can be one of the following types:
It also allows inter-alia the use of raw materials from the EU, ACP countries and neighbouring countries in local production for exports to Turkiye.
To benefit from preferential access under the Mauritius-Türkiye FTA, exporters should obtain a Certificate of Origin(CoO) certifying that the goods meet the Rules of Origin Criteria. The Mauritius-Turkiye FTA CoO is issued and approved by Customs Department of the Mauritius Revenue Authority.
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The Mauritius - Turkiye FTA can be accessed below: