Exporting to Australia

AUSTRALIA – FIJI : TRADE PROFILE

Australia is one of Fiji’s largest trading partners with two-way trade totalling more that A$1.5 billion (2021)

 

  • Australia is Fiji’s second largest export destination (16.5%)
  • Major Fijian exports to Australia include gold and textile clothing
  • There are export pathways available for over 40 agricultural products from Fiji to Australia

 

Import Conditions

Please see below list of commodities that can be exported to Australia and links to the relevant Biosecurity Import Condition (BICON).

CommodityBICON case
Banana – FrozenProcessed banana for human consumption
Bele leaves – Frozen Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Bell/Bael leaves – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Betel/Paan Leaves/NutsFresh mustard stick, betel leaves and paan leaves (Piper betel) for human consumption; AND

Betel nuts for human consumption

Breadfruit – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Cacao Beans – Dry Carob and cocoa beans and husk for human consumption
Cassava leaves  – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Cassava – Fresh Fresh root vegetables for human consumption
Cassava – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Chestnut – FrozenProcessed nuts for human consumption (commercially prepared and frozen food products incorporating peeled chestnuts as an ingredient)
Chillies Bongo – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Chillies – Small Green FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Coconut – Dry and GreenFresh coconut and coconut meat
Coconut – Frozen GratedFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Cocoyam – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Cowpeas – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Curry leavesFresh herbs for human consumption; OR

Dried herbs for human consumption; OR

Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption

Dakua TimberTimber and timber products
Drumstic leaves – FreshFresh leaves for human consumption
Duruka – Frozen Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
GingerFresh root vegetables for human consumption; OR

Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption

FlourProcessed grain and seed products for human consumption; OR

Processed tuber and corm products for human consumption

Jackfruit – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Mahogany & Other Timber SpeciesTimber and timber products
Mango stickTimber and timber products
MushroomsMushrooms for human consumption
Papaya (Sunrise) Fresh papaya for human consumption; OR

Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption; OR

Dried fruit

Plantain (Vudi-Frozen)Processed banana for human consumption
PlyboardTimber and timber products
Raw honeyBee products
RiceRice for human consumption or processing
Rosella leaves – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Rosella leaves  – FreshFresh leaves for human consumption
Sago (Heart of Palm)Frozen Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Sasa BroomPermitted plant fibres  (Cocos listed as permitted species)

Timber and timber products (if wooden handles on broom)

SeafoodSeafood (excluding finfish) for human consumption (note: oysters – meat only permitted from Fiji)

Finfish (excluding Salmonid) for human consumption

Taro Leaves – FreshFresh leaves for human consumption
Taro Leaves  – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
Taro Leaves – Saina Cooked fruit and vegetables for human consumption
Taro – FreshFresh root vegetables for human consumption
Taro – FrozenFrozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption
TumericPowdered herbs for human consumption (Dried and ground); OR

Frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs for human consumption

Note: Fresh turmeric currently not permitted

Vanilla BeansVanilla beans for human consumption
Kava Kava for human consumption

 

Woven mats and bark cloth

No Import Permit is required to import these goods, but each consignment must not contain any live insects, soil, seeds or any other quarantine risk material. Containers and packing materials accompanying the consignment will be inspected and treated on arrival in Australia, unless they have previously been treated using an AQIS approved method.

Consignments may be released if:

  1.  They have been certified or given an International Phytosanitary certificate by a NPPO authority stating that either “This article has been inspected and found free of live insects and other quarantine risk material” OR “This article has been treated with insecticide according to the product instruction and sealed for export” OR
  2.  They come with a treatment certificate issued by a government authority verifying that any of the following treatments has been carried out before export:
    1. Methyl bromide fumigation at 32g/m³ for 24 hours at 21°C and above at Normal Atmospheric Pressure (NAP).
    2. Cold storage at –18°C for 7 consecutive days.
    3. Gamma irradiation treatment at 25kGray.

If they do not meet either of the above requirements, the goods will be inspected to ensure that they do not contain any quarantine risk material – if they do not, they will be released.

If live insects are found, the goods will be treated.

If other contaminants are found, they will either be removed, treated or destroyed at the importer’s expense.

 

For further information, please refer to the Fiji Exporter Guide.

Other Regulations in Australia

No general license is required to import into Australia, but customs must clear your goods upon import. Permits depend on the type of goods, some of which are subject to safety and information standards.

  • For information regarding tariff classification, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Current Tariff Classification.
  • Some categories of good are banned or restricted. To see if your intended import falls under these categories, please refer to the Australian Government’s list of banned and restricted imports to Australia.
  • If you intend to import products such as cosmetics, solvents, adhesives, plastics, inks, printing and photocopying chemicals, paints, household cleaning products and toiletries, you must register with the National Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme and pay the associated registration fees.
  • If your business imports pre-packaged goods, or sells goods by measurement, the goods must comply with the National Measurement Act 1960 and the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009. Failure to do so can incur heavy penalties. For further information, please refer to the Australian Government’s trade measurement laws.
  • You can use the Nutrition Panel Calculator (NPC) from Food Standards ANZ to generate a Nutrition Panel for your products.

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