ALL Value Added Tax (VAT) and duty will be waived for all goods coming to Fiji via air and sea for Operation Foundation Flood Relief.
The waiving of VAT and duty was confirmed by the district officer Nadi, Kelera Qoro in a letter to the chief executive officer of Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority. The exception is being made for Operation Foundation Flood Relief which has been feeding families in the flood affected areas of Nadi.
Brett Whittaker of Operation Foundation Flood Relief confirmed in an email to The Fiji Times that all their goods coming in by sea and air were exempted from VAT and duty and was to be express cleared.
He said the group had one container arriving from Brisbane, two coming in from New Zealand and one from Los Angeles containing sheets, towels, and dried food and he encouraged people overseas to give.
The group has fed about 7500 people and handed out hundreds of packs and supplies, fresh water and kerosene.
"The Naisoso and Denarau teams fed 1500 people today (yesterday) with help from the Hilton Hotel.
"Both the teams distributed approximately 300 family food packs," said Mr Whittaker.
"We are now working with Dr Niaziliaquat from the Ministry of Health. He is visiting all evacuation centres and settlements and will give us a list of urgent medical supplies.
"The schools are being told tomorrow (today) to send all the evacuees and flood victims home.
"I don't know where they will go. There are thousands of people," he said.
Mr Whittaker said members of the Naisoso team were left with 'terrible feeling' after turning up at Nadi College with enough food to feed 20 people only to be met by 220.