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Awareness on export regulations, opportunities

Filipe Naigulevu
Saturday, December 02, 2017

WORKING closely with government agencies and exporters continue to top Investment Fiji's agenda in overcoming trade impediments and raising awareness on export regulations and opportunities.

With this, the country's investment arm is placing efforts to increase the value, quality and quantity of domestic exports.

This was the basis of a workshop conducted by Investment Fiji in Lautoka which was attended by prominent exporters from the Western Division.

This included agencies such as Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) and Biosecurity Authority of Fiji.

The workshop was aimed at educating existing and potential exporters about the biosecurity and Customs requirement, standards, services and incentives.

Investment Fiji chief executive officer Godo Mueller-Teut said with need for greater awareness among exporters on the important rules and regulations related to trade and export, they were putting in concerted efforts to achieve the best results for Fiji. "Investment Fiji is enhancing its engagement with the Fijian exporters by promoting and assisting potential and existing exporters finding new markets, establishing strategies for market growth and developing skills through capability building trainings and workshops," Mr Mueller-Teut said.

One of Investment Fiji's core functions apart from attracting foreign direct investments into the country is also to assist the local exporters.

For the first half of 2017, Fiji's domestic exports were valued at more than $530 million or more than 57 per cent of Fiji's total exports.

For most participants of the workshop, it was timely as it provided a platform to discuss their issues directly with the relevant authorities.

Founder of the Nadi-based award winning chocolate manufacturers Adi Chocolate Tomohito Zukoshi said the workshop provided an opportunity to share ideas, experiences and learn from other exporters.

"We discussed ways in which exporters can improve their compliance with laws and procedures, regulations on importation of raw materials and potential concessions that could assist exporters in future," Mr Zukoshi said.

Narainsammy Naidu of Bula Island Food Supplies also took advantage of the workshop and had a one on one discussions with key agencies.

"We export our produce to Australia, New Zealand and Japan. It is important for us to be well informed about the relevant laws and regulations in place that will make our exports to these markets easier," Mr Naidu said.

Investment Fiji will also conduct a similar workshop in the Northern Division this month.

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