22 July 2016: It was announced recently that the trade deficit of Mauritius widened 22.1 percent to 6.91 billion rupees ($195.47 million) in May from the same period a year earlier, due to a fall in exports of transport equipment and machinery.
Our island’s earnings from exports fell 6.5 percent from a year ago to 7.46 billion rupees in May, the government’s statistics office revealed in a statement. The United States was the main destination for Mauritius’s exports, followed by France and Britain.
Foreign sales of machinery and transport equipment decreased to 687 million rupees in May from 1.19 billion rupees in the same period last year.
Total imports rose 5.4 percent from a year before to 14.37 billion rupees in May. Some 20.3 percent of imports in the period were from China.