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Customs law gets nod

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

CABINET has endorsed the Customs (Prohibited Imports and Exports) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2012.

The endorsement was a decision on a submission by the Attorney-General and acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum in a statement said amendments to Schedules 2 and 3 of the Regulations allowed for the importation of older vehicles as long as it complied with Euro 4 standards, as highlighted by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in his 2013 Budget address.

In addition, he said while the manufacture and importation of non-biodegradable plastics for use in Fiji was prohibited, it had become necessary to allow an exception to this prohibition to cater for the export market and storage of perishables.

"As such, the amendment to Schedule 2 of the Regulations make allowance for the importation of non-biodegradable plastics for the following trading purposes alone: packaging or preserving food and beverages; packaging or preserving medicine and pharmaceutical products; for uses wholly or as components for exports and or re-exports; and for processing, manufacturing and or packing of exports and or re-exports," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The regulations came into force last month.

Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the Fiji National Provident Fund Transition (Amendment) Decree2012 and the Fiji National Provident Fund (Amendment) Decree 2012.


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