An Established Regional Trading Partner
Fiji's two largest exports are sugar and garments while export crops include coconuts, pawpaw and ginger. Fiji has extensive mahogany timber reserves, which are only now being exploited. Fishing is an important export and local food source. Gold and silver are also exported. The most important manufacturing activities are the processing of sugar and fish. Since 2000, the export of still mineral water, under the Fiji Water brand, mainly to the United States, has expanded rapidly. By December 2005, it amounted to more than $68 million per year. Another growing export is furniture made of palm wood.
Fiji's main export partners include Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan and New Zealand. The country's main import partners are Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and United States. Major imports include manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products, food and chemicals.
Since its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1996, the Fiji Government has an export oriented and outward looking trade policy. The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Agreement provides access to the US, Canadian and Japanese markets while Fiji is also a signatory to the United States/Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission (JCC) which promotes commercial relations between the United States and the independent Pacific island nations.
Fiji and other African countries are members of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Group of States and signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, which provides preferential access to the European markets. While there has yet to be a formal bilateral agreement to be signed between Fiji and Ethiopia, obviously, there is great potential for growth and this will be explored once the Memorandum of Understanding on General Cooperation is finalised. Sectors that are of interest are Agriculture, Arts & Culture, Education, Health, Sports, and Peacekeeping/Security, amongst other things.Contact Details
• Sisalo Otealagi - +251 966932597
• +251 115577 305 - 308