Fijian Market

Fijian Market

If you are embarking on setting up shop in the islands of Fiji, which is formed by an archipelago of approximately 332 islands, known the Fijian market profile goes a long way to understanding the waters before you jump in. Looking at a snapshot of the trade that occurs in the Fijian market, there have been A$1,276 million imports to Australia from Fiji, whereas A$585 million has accounted for exports to Fiji from Australia. The population of the country amasses to 0.9 million people, and the capital of Fiji is Suva. As a major regional island in the Pacific, Fiji acts as a hub between the Americas and the Asia/Oceania regions.  With many investments and opportunities occurring in the Fijian market, foreign markets have looked kindly on the islands and are stepping up and developing the country further to accent its role in the Pacific area. When setting up for business in Fiji, knowing a local representative or utilising their assistance can aid in going through government regulations especially if you are not too familiar with the proceedings. For Australian getting into the Fijian market, it is recommended that you contact AusTrade when you are looking at investing in Fiji in some way. We also recommend that you take the time to read up on literature regarding the Fijian market, and obtain professional advice from specialists and industry players so that market entry is not a factor. Keeping an eye on tariffs and taxes is also vital to ensuring that you do not stumble upon unexpected costs. There may be import duties from 0 to 33% based on the...
Infrastructure of the Ports of Fiji

Infrastructure of the Ports of Fiji

The Fiji Islands have long been an important piece in the relations between Oceania and the Pacific players. With the steady development and progress of investments to Fiji and its neighbours, much of the infrastructure of the ports of Fiji has seen growth. In this blog, we look at the ports of Fiji and their facilities and capacities. The major ports of Fiji include Suva, Laotuka, Levuka, Malau, and  Vuda,  Rotuma and Wairiki acting as secondary ports.  With its strategic placement in the south pacific, Fiji has become a great asset to the Pacific Forum Line that operates shipping lines between the twelve shareholder countries. With the growing demand for shipping facilities on a regional and global scale, the ports of Fiji need to aligned with the global trends and must be made available in terms of infrastructure. The following includes the infrastructure of the main ports of Fiji; Suva and Laotuka. Port of Suva The largest of Fiji’s ports, the port of Suva is one of the busiest and acts as the maritime gateway to the capital of Fiji. Within the city of Suva, you are also linked with road and air communications allowing it to be quality player in the logistics game. The following include the wharfs of the Port of Suva, as well as the facts pertaining to this major port and it’s capabilities Wharf Length (Meters) Depth Alongside (Meters) Overseas Kings 492 11.6 Walu Bay 184 9.0 Princess 156 5.0 LOCAL Muaiwalu I 30 4.5 Muaiwalu II 120 5.0 Position: 18 degrees -8S, 178 degrees -26E 5 Berth Locations Kings South; 11 m @ CD Kings...
Fiji Investments and Shipping Infrastructure

Fiji Investments and Shipping Infrastructure

The Fiji Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean between the Australia and the Americas and its prime location has made it a hub for regional businesses. With its immediate neighbours, such as the Samoa, and Tonga, as well as other   countries in the Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia and Oceania, Fiji investments and shipping infrastructure has seen a boost in development and progress. With international services, and being a telecommunications in the South Pacific regions, a business hub for the area, more and more investors are looking to Fiji to expand the businesses. The port of Suva carries out most of the international operations and features a wharf for handling both cargo handling and passenger vessels too, whereas the ports of Lautoka, Levuka, and Savusavu are used for minor operations. The Fijian EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) is encompassed of approximately 330 islands that covers approximately 1.3mn m2 of the South Pacific area where only one third of the total are inhabited. Working with various government associations, the Fijian government is committed to ensuring that sea operations are carried out with the assurance that they are environmentally friendly and safe. As Fiji is located in a prime location in the south pacific region, and its known as a transhipment hub, Fiji investments are on the growing trend with international shipping services, bulk cargo handling and more shipping infrastructure being developed to further global ties.  With Fiji being responsible for the Pacific Island State and actively involved in the Pacific Forum Line that services the Pacific region with its 12 shareholder countries. These include Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands,Nauru, New Zealand, Niue,...
Container Shipments from Australia to Fiji and Pacific Islands

Container Shipments from Australia to Fiji and Pacific Islands

If you are looking for means of sending container shipments from Australia to Fiji and other neighbouring Pacific Islands, then you’re in luck; this blog post may be of interest to you. As an Australian based freight handler, we fully understand the dynamics of working with international logistics and shipping. With the mission to ensure that each container shipment not only reaches the desired point of delivery at the right time, place and with the right rate and condition is our priority. As a global shipping operator with frequent container shipments from Australia to Fiji, Cargo to Fiji and our parent company, Transco International has made a name in the global shipping market as a reliable global freight forwarding company. With cost effective shipping solutions along international sea trade routes, you are able to make use of the economies of scale to be privy to affordable rates for your personal effects or commercial cargo. Having over two decades worth of experience in the ocean cargo and container shipments, you are in safe hands! The most popular options for sending container shipments from Australia include 20ft or 40ft shipping containers. Apart from the generic containers, you may also opt for flat rack, open-top, high cube, break bulk and RORO types of shipping containers. If you are unsure of which type of container shipment mode to choose from, our CtF (Cargo to Fiji) shipping agents will be able to help you. Often general containers are the best suited for cargo in boxes or crates, which are loaded into container either on LCL or FCL basis; ideal for personal effects shipping or...
Air Freight to Fiji Information

Air Freight to Fiji Information

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...

Packaging Musts for your Personal Shipping Needs

When you are looking for personal shipping solutions, packaging is an important factor and we have put together some “Packaging Musts” that need to be part of your personal shipping regime. Everything from choosing the right shipping box, the type of tape you use, your cushioning material and means of being more sustainable, growing trends are making an impact in the shipping and logistics world. So, how can you keep up? Keep reading! Getting the shipping box or chest solution to fit your need. Finding the right box or chest is as easy as looking up the dimensions and the make of the shipping solution. By knowing the dimensions and the build, you know the area that you have to pack your persona shipping goods and how much you should include in it. These include cardboard boxes and wooden chests. We recommend getting new cardboard boxes. The reason behind this is the fact that 50% of strength, stability, and sturdiness of a box wears away after one use. Therefore, if you are looking to ship some items such as textbooks in a used cardboard box, you should be wary that the box may suffer from wear and tear during delivery. Reinforce the seams with tape. We recommend an “H” seal for both top and bottom sides of the cardboard boxes. We recommend that you first seal the sides flaps and then use one long strip of tape to seal the both flaps in an “H” fashion. You should utilise a 3-inch poly adhesive tape to ensure that it stays well-sealed. When packing your goods into the shipping box or...