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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release (2 non-negotiable copies showing the ocean freight rate) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Residence permit / work permit / letter of employment
  • Detailed inventory of new items (if bought less than 6 months prior to shipment arrival) in English, dated, valued, signed by the owner of the goods, and attached to the original invoices
  • Tax identification number
  • Free entry certificate, if applicable
  • Diplomatic declaration, signed by the diplomatic organization
  • Customs baggage declaration (Form CE 11), signed in the presence of a Customs officer

Specific Information

  • It takes approximately 20–40 days to obtain the free entry certificate.
  • Relevant documents must be received by the agent prior to arrival of the shipment to minimize any port charges.
  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
  • All shipments are subject to inspection.
  • Diplomatic organizations are subject to duty and value added tax (VAT) exemptions provided the consignee to complete the form FA608 prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • Returning residents, who have lived abroad for at least 12 months and persons with dual citizenship, are entitled to duty and VAT exemptions.
  • Clothing, toiletries, personal computers, and other personnel effects are also free to import.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required 

  • Passport
  • Purchase invoice (showing purchase price and date of purchase)
  • Quarantine / agriculture clearance
  • Vehicle registration / certificate of permanent export (UK) / certificate of title (USA) / de-registration certificate (Japan)
  • Invoice showing export costs (Japan)
  • Invoice showing freight costs and insurance to Fiji
  • OBL / AWB
  • Odometer reading at time of sale for export to Fiji
  • Odometer reading at time of importation into Fiji
  • Import license should be applied for prior to the vessel arrival in Fiji
  • Non-sale certificate (new vehicles)
  • Commercial invoice (new vehicles)

Specific Information

  • The OBL must include chassis number, engine number, color, model, make, and weight of the vehicle.
  • The import license must be obtained prior to import.
  • Vehicles older than 5 years of age from the date of manufacture cannot be imported.
  • In order to avoid any unnecessary delays and charges for demurrage and storage due to lengthy Customs procedures, the agent must receive a copy of the required documentation prior to arrival of the shipment; check with agent for specific time frames.
  • Import duties for motor vehicles:
    • Vehicles exceeding 1000 cc but not exceeding 1500 cc will be subject to a $7500 specific duty.
    • Vehicles exceeding 1500 cc but not exceeding 2500 cc will now attract $11,500 per vehicle.
    • Vehicles exceeding 2500 cc but not exceeding 3000 cc will now attract $18,000 per vehicle.
    • Vehicles with 3000 cc will now attract $23,000 per vehicle.
  • The duty rate on used cars is 32% of the invoice value plus 15% excise duty plus 9% VAT.


IAM Note: Note that Customs will only take whichever amount is greater for payments of duty.


Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination record
  • Application to import live animals 

Specific Information

  • Permission is required from the nearest embassy.
  • Cats, dogs, and other domestic pets can only be directly imported by air into the country from Australia, Hawaii, or New Zealand.
  • An application to import live animals form from the Office of the Director of Animal Health and Production with proof of rabies vaccination is required for entry.
  • Pets are subject to quarantine.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • All weapons including firearms, knives, swords and explosives (police permit is required).
  • Food, plants, or plant parts, camping equipment and biological specimens (a special permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries is required)
  • The following may qualify for free import by persons age 17 years and older:
    • Cigarettes (250), cigars (250 g), tobacco (250 g) or a combination of items not  to exceed 250g
    • Liquor (225 L)
    • Wine (4.5 L)
    • Beer (4.5 L)
    • Goods cannot exceed FJ$400 in total value

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Birds (all species)
  • Pornography
  • Counterfeit items
  • Cultural artifacts and other objects of cultural importance
  • Henna
  • Palm trees and any byproducts
  • Explosive materials
  • Meat and dairy products

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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