Trade Agreements

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) builds on the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme and offers duty-free and quota-free access to the United States for approximately 7000 products.


The Agreement



Exporting to the United States under AGOA

Duty Free Access to United States : To benefit from duty free access when exporting eligible products to the US, an exporter must register with the Trade Division of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection by filing a registration form available at the above Ministry, 4th Floor, Intendance Street, Port-Louis.

Rules of Origin : The exporter must also ensure that his products satisfy a set of criteria, known as the Rules of Origin. It should be noted that the Rules of Origin are different for Textile and Non-Textile products - more information can be obtained from the following links: General Rules of Origin and Apparel Rules of Origin.

Obtaining an AGOA Visa Certificate : Each consignment of goods exported to the US under AGOA must be accompanied by an AGOA Visa Certificate which is sold by the Mauritius Export Association (MEXA) and is approved by:

Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection
Trade Division
4th Floor, Anglo-Mauritius Building
Intendance Street
Port-Louis
Tel: (230) 405 1399
Fax: (230) 208 7325
Email: td@mail.govmu.org
Website: industry.govmu.org

The documents required for approval are as follows:

1. AGOA Textile Certificate of Origin in triplicate obtained from Mauritius Export Association (MEXA)
2. Original Commercial Invoice together with 4 copies
3. Copy of Export Permit duly approved by the Ministry
4. Costing (if applicable)
5. Import Invoice (if applicable)
6. Bill of Import (for fabrics)
7. Bill of Export
8. Any other documents that may be required

Useful Links

Australia

June 1995
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

China

April 1997
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) - Beijing
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission - Shanghai
November 1998
CCPIT Guangdong Sub-Council
September 2008
CCPIT Qingdao
May 2007
CCPIT Qingdao

Austria

September 2014
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

France

September 1996
l’Assemblée des Chambres Françaises de Commerce et d’Industrie (ACFCI)

India

November 1985
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
May 1996
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
June 1995
Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
January 2004
India International Trade Center
May 2004
Seafood Exporters Association of India
October 2005
Seafood Exporters Association of India

Kenya

January 2011
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)

Madagascar

November 2004
Fédération des Chambres de Commerce, d’Industrie, d’Artisanat et d’Agriculture de Madagascar

Malaysia

August 1994
The National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia
June 2005
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Mozambique

September 2012
Chamber of Commerce of Mozambique)

Pakistan

October 2004
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)

Russia

May 2007
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Sri Lanka

May 2004
National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka

Tanzania

January 2011
The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA)

Thailand

August 2004
The Federation of Thai Industries (F.T.I)
February 2013
TUSKON

Turkey

August 2014
DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board)
TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey)

Réunion

June 1995
Chambre of Commerce and d’Industrie de la Réunion
March 2002
L’Association pour le Développement Industriel de la Réunion

Seychelles

November 2005
Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry
April 2014
Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Djibouti

August 2008
Chamber of Commerce of Djibouti