To find out more about Fiji and its opportunities, download our market guide on this page.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 19th largest export market (20171)|
|Free trade agreements2||Melanesia Spearhead Group trade agreement|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking3||101 of 190|
1 Source - comtrade.un.org
Getting to Fiji
As a tourism hub, Fiji has plenty of accommodation options on offer in Suva and around Nadi, including a number of resorts on Denarau Island.
When to visit
The peak tourism season is through New Zealand’s winter from May to October, when flights and accommodation can be hard to find, particularly during our school holidays. Always take note of public holidays – these are detailed in our market guide.
Official business hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. The business language is English.
Dress is not formal. Business dress at meetings is often colourful and casual. Suits and ties are only worn on the most formal occasions, which happen rarely. Dress modestly when visiting Fijian villages.
Download our market guide for more cultural information.
Connect with NZTE in Fiji
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Fiji, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
NZTE does not have an office in Fiji, however you can contact the Australia Pacific regional office in Sydney.
New Zealand’s relationship with Fiji
I'm visiting my market. How can NZTE help me?
If you’re an NZTE customer, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
I want to find an in-market distributor for my businessNZTE doesn’t maintain lists of distributors for specific products and markets. We encourage companies to do as much of the initial search process as they can for themselves, while bringing in professional help where needed.
You’ll find useful information on researching, finding and selecting the right distributor for you in our Export Essentials guide to understanding your channel partner options.
I want to find out about regulations and tariffs for exportRegulations and tariffs should be one of the first things you find out before exporting. They often determine whether a market will be easy or hard for you to export to, or whether you should try to do business there at all.
Understanding regulations in your export destination is a must-do. For an introduction to what you need to think about, see our guide on understanding international compliance requirements. This includes tips on how to research regulations, as well as insights on local regulations, standards, health and safety, and dealing with local bureaucracy.
It’s a good idea to take a look at the rest of the international compliance process while you’re doing your work on regulations – see more information in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.
If you’re planning to export food or food-related products, you should also check out the food exporting page on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website. MPI maintains a list of Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for New Zealand food products in different export markets – search and identify OMARs for your product online.
Tariffs can make your products more expensive and less attractive to overseas buyers, so you need to know the charges your products will attract before you commit to a new market.
You can get a big head start in finding tariff information by using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) tariff finder or the World Trade Organisation’s tariff download facility. You can search the databases by product name, but they work best when you know the approximate Harmonised System (HS) code for your product. HS codes are used by customs authorities around the world to identify products and apply tariffs. The longer the code is, the more precisely it describes your product. The first six digits of an HS code are usually the same worldwide – after that, there can be up to eight further digits, which often vary from country to country.
New Zealand Customs can help you to find out the first six digits of your HS codes – email VOC@customs.govt.nz.
To get a longer and more precise HS code for a particular market, look up and contact the local customs authority online, or talk to a customs broker or freight forwarder who has done business in that market.
I want to find out about packaging and labelling for exportPackaging and labelling requirements can be very different from country to country, so get as much information as you can before making the decision to export.
Depending on where your products will be sold, you might need to use different materials or labels, and include different types of information. In some countries, you might have to translate all your packaging or labels into the local language – in others, applying a sticker with a few key details will do the job.
Make sure that you check out all of the requirements for packaging and labelling before tackling a new market, including anything that’s needed during transport or distribution.
You’ll find more details on the kind of things you need to think about in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.
We suggest that you work with a customs broker or freight forwarder, or get advice from a lawyer in-market, to understand all the requirements for your product and the place where it’s headed. The Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Federation (CBAFF) has a list of customs brokers and freight forwarders within New Zealand.