Mauritius agrees to free trade agreement with China

The 8,547 products represent 96% of the Chinese tariffs lines. (AFP pic)

PORT LOUIS: Mauritius will sign a free trade agreement with China, it’s second biggest supplier, providing duty-free access to the Asian market for 8,547 products, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on its website.

The products represent “96% of the Chinese tariff lines,” the PMO said in a statement issued weekly following a cabinet meeting.

Almost 90% of tariff lines will be eliminated immediately and the remaining ones removed over a five- to seven-year period.

The agreement includes exports of 50,000 tons of specialty sugars at an in-quota rate of 15% to be phased over a period of eight years, according to the statement.