Fiji - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation
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Customs Clearances

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has jurisdiction to clear imported goods.  Local importers are responsible for obtaining formal customs clearance for goods.  All commercial importers are to ensure that an accurate and correct customs entry (SAD) is made with payment of all customs charges, and compliance with all FRCS legislative requirements.  For more information, please refer to the FRCS website.

Importers are expected to complete the customs documentation or utilize the services of a customs broker or agent.  Refer to the link for the approved Customs Brokers list for all Suva, Lautoka, and Nadi ports.  

The Fiji Procurement Office is responsible for customs clearance, delivery, logistics, and warehousing for all government ministries and departments.

Biosecurity Clearances

Importers must obtain import licenses from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji for certain types of agricultural commodities, such as rice, dairy, poultry, and meat.  Clearance procedures for sea containers generally involve declaration on cargo manifest, inspection of containers and inspection of goods.  If import conditions are not complied with and/or all required documents are not presented, then BAF will take appropriate measures to eliminate any biosecurity risks.  These measures can range from detention of the goods for verification, treatment of the goods or destruction.  Upon inspection, once all the import conditions are met and no biosecurity risk is detected, the goods are released.  Biosecurity treatment for imported goods includes fumigation, steam cleaning and spraying amongst others.

The Ministry of Finance issues import licenses for gold and other precious metals, photocopying apparatus with an optical system, and cigarette lighters and other mechanical or electrical lighters.  Import licenses for products such as lubricants, transformer, and circuit breaker oils, cleansing oils, and hydraulic brake oils are issued by the Ministry of Trade, Cooperatives, SMEs, and Communications.  The Department of National Trade Measurements and Standards regulates the trade of scrap metal to prevent the illegal trade of public infrastructure metal.