When moving freight to Fiji from Australia, you are required to follow the rules and regulations of the country’s port authority, just as you would have to in any other country in the world. In our March instalment of our Cargo to Fiji Blog, we focus on informing you on the pertinent information when sending air freight to Fiji.
First off, let us look at the type of cargo that is permitted for air freight to Fiji. We are able to send cargo via air freight for any general type of cargo, including the likes of electronics and machinery. In terms of perishable such as fresh meat/seafood, fruit and vegetables, flowers and medicines, we can accommodate them with freight handlers who specialise in this type of air freight to Fiji. Perishable cargo is usually with freight handlers using freezer or cool-room facilities to ensure the consignments are adhered. If you are looking to send live animals via air freight to Fiji, we are able to assist you with finding the best freight handler to ensure that regulations are met to avoid issues. Dangerous goods is prohibited like in any country, and the list of items under special consideration include the following; chemicals, compressed gases, flammable liquids, poisons (packaging/labelling needs to comply with IATA).
Cargo to Fiji, with our parent Australian based shipping company, we are able to get you the best air freight to Fiji rates and help you get everything from pickup and doorstep delivery sorted. Furthermore, we will also undertake customs clearance on your behalf. For your information, the Fiji Customs are located at the Suva and Nadi airports, where they operate Monday through to Thursday from 8am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm, whereas on Fridays operations end at 4pm.
The Nadi Airport’s Air Terminal Services will hold air freight that comes through the airport under the customs’ control. Any air freight that remains uncleared at the Nadi Airport will be moved to the customs bonded warehouse within a month’s time and subsequently auctioned off. The Suva Airport similarly stores goods at an IATA warehouse for a months’ duration, and thereafter any uncleared goods will be auctioned off after being moved to the Fiji customs warehousing facilities. However, clearing of goods can be done by the likes of the consignee or a customs brokerage agent, such as Cargo to Fiji/Transco Cargo International.