Over the past 5 years, Mauritius has developed its exports encompassing new products such as food based products, chemicals and plastic amongst others and which have potential in the region.
The African market has a huge untapped export potential for Mauritius. This is attributed to the physical and cultural proximity of Mauritius to Africa.
As a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), COMESA and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Mauritius benefits from preferential access to the region.
Mauritius export to Africa include products such as textile and clothing products (textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles), flour, instant & dried noodles, short cut macaroni, paint manufacturing & related products, toilet soaps, detergents, laundry soaps, printing & packaging, printed plastic bags, laminated bags, spirits and animal nutrition products.
Companies with High Export Potential (CHIPEC) Sub-Committee
The Companies with High Export Potential Sub-Committee (CHIPEC) represents emerging exporters whose main characteristics are as follows:
(a) They produce mainly for the local market
(b) They export less than 50% of their production capacity
(c) Their main target market is the regional market
Constraints encountered by Exporters
One of the first works carried out by the MEXA CHIPEC Sub-Committee was a survey targeting 15 companies exporting to the region. The following problems were identified:
CHIPEC Activities: Workshop on “Market Access for Emerging Export Products on the Regional Market”
In order to assist companies exporting to the region in further understanding the market in terms of Customs duties applicable on the regional market, Non-Tariff Barriers as well as information on competitors, MEXA held a one-day Workshop on “Market Access for Emerging Export Products on the Regional Market” on Friday 17 June 2011.
The workshop covered the following topics:
Trade Preferences on the COMESA, SADC and IOC for emerging export products
Non-Tariff Barriers applied by African countries on Mauritian products
Making your own market analysis for the African market and benchmarking against your competition
A Mauritius Standard Bureau representative was invited to respond to participant’s queries on standards and compliance