The trade deficit in Mauritius widened to MUR 12 billion in November 2019 from MUR 10.6 billion in the same month last year. It was the largest monthly trade gap since October 2018, as exports tumbled 16.6 percent to MUR 5.9 billion, pushed down by lower shipments of miscellaneous manufactured articles (-24.3 percent) and food & live animals (-17.4 percent). Meanwhile, imports rose only 1.4 percent to MUR 17.9 billion, as higher acquisitions of food & live animals (25.1 percent) were partly offset by decreases in those of machinery & transport equipment (-7.3 percent); manufactured goods (-6.2 percent) and mineral fuels, lubricants and related (-4.8 percent).

Balance of Trade in Mauritius averaged -6465.60 MUR Million from 1985 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 560 MUR Million in September of 1986 and a record low of -23045 MUR Million in December of 2012. This page provides - Mauritius Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.

Balance of Trade in Mauritius is expected to be -6300.00 MUR Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in Mauritius to stand at -10200.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Mauritius Balance of Trade is projected to trend around -10500.00 MUR Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Mauritius Balance of Trade

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-12018.00 -9874.00 560.00 -23045.00 1985 - 2019 MUR Million Monthly

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-23 08:00 AM Aug MUR -10.2B MUR -10.4B MUR -8.6B
2019-11-20 10:10 AM Sep MUR -10.7B MUR -10.1B MUR -8B
2019-12-20 11:00 AM Oct MUR -9.9B MUR -10.7B MUR -12B
2020-01-23 10:00 AM Nov MUR -12B MUR -9.9B MUR -10B
2020-02-18 11:00 AM Dec MUR -12B MUR -10.1B


News Stream
2019-10-23
Mauritius Trade Gap Widens in August
The trade deficit in Mauritius rose to MUR 10.2 billion in August 2019 from MUR 9.1 billion in the same month last year, as exports sank 10.5 percent to MUR 6.6 billion, mainly dragged down by lower shipments of miscellaneous manufactured articles (-15 percent). Meanwhile, imports rose 2.0 percent to MUR 16.8 billion, boosted by purchases of food & live animals (25.3 percent) and machinery and transport equipment (0.2 percent).

2019-09-20
Mauritius trade Gap Narrows in July
The trade deficit in Mauritius shrank to MUR 10.4 billion in July 2019 from MUR 12.6 billion in the same month last year, as exports rose 5 percent to MUR 7.1 billion, buoyed by shipments of food & live animals (3.8 percent) and crude materials, inedible, except fuels (6.5 percent). In contrast, sales decreased for miscellaneous manufactured articles (-10%); manufactured goods (-10.9 percent); chemicals & chemical products (-0.7 percent) and machinery & transport equipment (-21.9 percent). Imports declined 9.7 percent to MUR 17.4 billion, amid lower purchases of machinery & transport equipment (-6.9 percent); mineral fuels, lubricants & related materials (-8 percent); manufactured goods (-1 percent) and food & live animals (-28.9 percent).

2019-08-20
Mauritius Trade Gap Narrows in June
The trade deficit in Mauritius decreased to MUR 7.4 billion in June 2019 from MUR 8.8 billion in the same month last year, as imports sank 10.3 percent to MUR 14.26 billion mainly due to lower purchases of food & live animals (-14.9 percent); mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (-27.8 percent) and manufactured goods (-3.9 percent). Exports declined at a softer 3.9 percent to MUR 6.8 billion, dragged down by reduced shipments of miscellaneous manufactured articles (-18.4 percent) while those of food rose 2.1 percent.

2019-07-23
Mauritius Trade Deficit Widens in May
The trade deficit in Mauritius widened to MUR 11.39 billion in May 2019 from MUR 10.02 billion in the same month last year, as imports rose 10.6 percent to MUR 18.44 billion boosted by purchases of mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (43.9 percent), manufactured goods (15.5 percent), and machinery and transport equipment (3.4 percent). Among major trade partners, imports increased from India (53 percent), China (3.4 percent) and Madagascar (100 percent), but fell from the UK (-29.3 percent), Japan (-2.6 percent) and South Africa (-0.9 percent). On the other hand, exports were up 6 percent to MUR 7.05 billion, due mainly to sales of miscellaneous manufactured articles (16.7 percent) while food exports fell sharply (-6 percent). Exports rose to South Africa (43.4 percent), the US (27.7 percent), France (10.8 percent), Madagascar (17.3 percent) and Italy (47.5 percent), but declined to the UK (-11.9 percent).


Mauritius Balance of Trade
Mauritius is a net exporter of sugar and textiles. However, due to lack of natural resources, Mauritius is dependent on imports of fuels to satisfy energy needs. Mauritius main trading partner is France with 17 percent of exports and 9 percent of imports. Others include: South Africa and Spain.