Moving to Fiji

Country Guide: Fiji

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release (2 non-negotiable copies showing the ocean freight rate) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Residence Permit / Work Permit / Letter of Employment
  • Detailed inventory of new items (if bought less than 6 months prior to shipment arrival) in English dated, valued, signed by the shipper and attached to the original invoices
  • Tax Identification Number
  • Free Entry Certificate, if applicable
  • Diplomatic Declaration, signed by the Diplomatic Mission
  • Customs Baggage Declaration (Form CE 11), signed in the presence of a Customs Officer

Specific Information

  • It takes approximately 20–40 days to obtain the Free Entry Certificate.
  • Relevant documents must be received by the agent prior to arrival of the shipment to minimize any port charges.
  • The shipper must be present for Customs clearance.
  • All shipments are subject to inspection.
  • Diplomatic organizations are subject to duty and value added tax (VAT) exemptions provided the consignee to complete the Form FA608 prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • Returning residents, who have lived abroad for at least 1 year and persons with dual citizenship are entitled to duty and VAT exemptions.
  • Clothing, toiletries, personal computers and other personnel effects are also free to import.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Purchase Invoice showing purchase price and date of purchase
  • Quarantine / Agriculture clearance
  • Vehicle Registration / Certificate of Permanent Export (UK) / Certificate of Title (USA) / Deregistration Certificate (Japan)
  • Invoice showing export costs (Japan)
  • Invoice showing freight costs and insurance to Fiji
  • OBL / AWB
  • Odometer reading at time of sale for export to Fiji
  • Odometer reading at time of importation into Fiji
  • Import License
  • Non-sale Certificate (new vehicles)
  • Commercial Invoice (new vehicles)

Specific Information

  • The OBL must include chassis number, engine number, color, model, make and weight of the vehicle.
  • The Import License must be obtained prior to import.
  • Vehicles older than 5 years of age from the date of manufacture cannot be imported.
  • Vehicles exceeding 2500 cc but not exceeding 3000 cc are levied $7500 per vehicle.
  • Vehicles exceeding 3000 cc are levied $20,000 per vehicle.
  • The duty rate on used cars is 32% of the invoice value plus 15% excise duty plus 15% VAT.
  • In order to avoid any unnecessary delays and charges for demurrage and storage due to lengthy Customs procedures, the agent must receive a copy of the required documentation prior to arrival of the shipment; check with agent for specific time frames.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Vaccination Record
  • Application to Import Live Animals

Specific Information

  • Permission is required from the nearest Embassy.
  • Cats, dogs and other domestic pets can only be directly imported by air into the country from Australia, Hawaii or New Zealand.
  • An Application to Import Live Animals form from the Office of the Director of Animal Health and Production with proof of rabies vaccination is required for entry.
  • Pets are subject to quarantine.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • All weapons including firearms, knives, swords and explosives (a Police Permit is required).
  • Food, plants or plant parts, camping equipment and biological specimens (a special permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries is required)
  • The following may qualify for free import by persons age 17 years and older:
    • Cigarettes (250), cigars (250 g), tobacco (250 g) or a combination of items not to exceed 250g
    • Liquor (225 L)
    • Wine(4.5 L)
    • Beer (4.5 L)
    • Goods cannot exceed FJ$400 in total value

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Birds (all species)
  • Pornography
  • Counterfeit items
  • Cultural artifacts and other objects of cultural importance
  • Henna
  • Palm trees and any byproducts
  • Explosive materials
  • Meat and dairy products (prohibited in Tasmania)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

Helpful Website(s):
http://wwwfrca.org.fj
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1114.html