This Exporter Guide is an initiative developed by Investment Fiji to help exporters and companies intending to export. This Guide is a practical resource for companies to help them develop and implement successful international growth strategies.
There are tips to assist exporters and information regarding export opportunities under the various trade agreements and requirements of Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) and Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) requirements.
Basically, the export of goods from Fiji is the shipment of goods to a place outside of the country. One can freely export anything that is not subjected to an export prohibition or restriction. A few goods are prohibited from exportation altogether, e.g. narcotic drugs.
Other goods are subject to an export restriction, usually for environmental, cultural, public protection or security reasons.Restricted goods may only be exported with a licence issued by the appropriate Government Department.
The Guide outlines the key processes involved in exporting and the various Agencies involved in providing export permits, licences, certifications of products and approvals. Exporting involves many and sometimes complex procedures, which must be carried out correctly and completely. If the appropriate processes are not followed, it can cost businesses lots of money
This Guide provides direction especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to guide and assist them in planning to export. It provides information on approval Agencies and the processes of approval for the various products, the requirements on applying for export licences, forms to complete, incentives and tax concessions, fees, and contact details. It also provides information on export insurance, financing, freight forwarders and other support Agencies that can assist exporters.
Export of services is a growing sector in Fiji especially in information, communication, and technology (ICT). These services include call centers, mail management, data / voucher processing, tele-hosting / warehousing, software development and disaster recovery management systems. There are attractive incentives offered in this sector to boost growth and innovation.
It is important to ensure that once the company is “export ready”,the goods that are going to be exported are of internationally acceptable standards. The quality and packaging of goods have important standards to adhere to, in order to acquire and sustain an export market or client.
In preparing for export, it’s important for companies, especially SMEs, to take some time in researching the market and the market requirements. Outlined are some tips that can assist a company.
1. Research your market
2. Check if you’re ready
3. Be customs-savvy
4. Protect yourself
5. Write your export plan
6. Sort your finances
7. Take a fresh look at your product / service and marketing
8. Secure the best sales and transport routes for you
9. Get paid on time
10. Support your customers
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