Mauritius - International trade

Being a small island economy with few natural resources, trade is extremely important for Mauritius. Trade comprised 80 percent of GDP in 1970, increasing to 130 percent in 1998.

Mauritius's main export markets are the European Union (notably the United Kingdom, France, and Germany)

Trade (expressed in billions of US$): Mauritius
Exports Imports
1975 .298 .330
1980 .431 .609
1985 .436 .523
1990 1.194 1.618
1995 1.538 1.976
1998 1.734 2.183
SOURCE: International Monetary Fund. International Financial Statistics Yearbook 1999.

and the United States. Its imports come mainly from South Africa, India, the European Union, and China.

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