Shipping to Fiji - what you need to know
Fiji, generally regarded as a tropical paradise, is irresistible for travellers. Despite undergoing a coup in 2006 it is a sought after destination for tourists and backpackers alike, with its two biggest trades being in tourism and sugar. An archipelago, Fiji is made up of more than 332 islands, although only 110 of those are permanently inhabited.
Most people live on the largest island of Viti Levu, which is where the capital Suva is located. Previously a British colony, the Fiji islands gained independence in 1970. Consequently, much of the population speaks English.
As with any country, restrictions apply on goods which are allowed to be brought into the country. Fiji remains free of most pests and diseases, so is pretty strict when it comes to allowing in certain things. Dairy products, birds' eggs and natural honey may not be shipped, along with edible products of animal origin. This is in order to protect the country from diseases which may be carried by these items.
In addition to the other usual forbidden items, there are prohibitions surrounding jewellery; it is illegal to send natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi precious stones and imitation jewellery. In addition, precious metals, coins and base metals are not allowed. Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry (like manuscripts, typescripts and plans) are, perhaps surprisingly, also forbidden.
Many items carry restrictions, so it's always worth doing your research beforehand. Items like edible fruit and nuts, citrus fruit peel and some confectionery are all covered by restrictions, so check with the Fiji post office if you're unsure.
When sending items in to Fiji, packages may be subject to a custom charge. This will be dependent on a number of factors, such as whether the goods are for your own personal use, if they are for commercial use or if they are covered by a duty free allowance. The Fiji revenue and customs website has more information on duties and how to calculate them.
Whilst every care is taken to ensure your package reaches Fiji unscathed, it's got a long way to go, so it's always wise to ensure it is properly packed, with bubble wrap or tissue to protect breakable items. Ensure to use strong, clear tape to cover all openings on the package and label it clearly.
Following these guidelines and adhering to the rules should mean your package arrives safely on the white sandy shores of Fiji without issue.