Welcome to Fiji, a beautiful and welcoming archipelago of around 300 islands in the heart of the Pacific. Compared to other countries in the region, Fiji has a diversified economy with strong local manufacturing and a well-developed services sector. It has enjoyed successive years of economic growth since 2010, an unprecedented feat in its history, and remarkable considering two Category Five cyclones hit the country in 2012 and 2016.

To find out more about Fiji and its opportunities, download our market guide on this page.

Quick facts

Here’s a snapshot – you can find more detailed data in our guide:

 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

Source - comtrade.un.org
2 World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2017
3Corruption Perceptions Index 2017

Getting to Fiji

You can fly direct to Fiji from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Flying time is three to three and a half hours.

New Zealand citizens can obtain a visitor permit on arrival in Fiji, and no visa is required for stays of up to four months. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in 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.

Cultural tips

Fijians are a friendly, hospitable people and often go the extra mile to make people feel welcome. Indo-Fijians dominate business in Fiji, while ethnic Fijians have a stronger presence in government, agriculture and service industries.

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.

Working in-market

Fiji has excellent telecommunications infrastructure, with widespread 3G mobile throughout and 4G mobile in major centres. The Southern Cross cable network provides international Internet access. Consequently, Fiji has developed a back office outsourcing industry, supporting corporates in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.

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

If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Australia, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Fiji page is packed with information, including a list of trade agreements and negotiations, and links to High Commissions.

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  • 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 business
    NZTE 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 export
    Regulations 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 export
    Packaging 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.

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