Shipping A Car To Fiji
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- There are challenges to shipping a car to Tahiti, mainly because it consists of many small islands that are not easily accessible.
- Depending on where you’re shipping a car from in the U.S. (the West Coast is cheaper), costs are generally between $2,800 and $6,000.
Fiji is a South Pacific island nation with 333 islands and islets, 106 of which are inhabited. The capital of Fiji is Suva. Once a leader of Pacific democracies, Fiji has been under military rule since 2006. Since the government’s abrogation of Fiji’s Constitution in April 2009, the government has ruled by decree and limited basic freedoms. A new constitution promulgated on September 6, 2013 restores some freedoms while keeping decrees in place until the first seating of Parliament sometime after elections, which are expected in September 2014.
MAJOR INDUSTRY OF FIJI
Tourism is a major industry in Fiji, and a full range of services are available. The Fiji Visitors Bureau has a wide range of information for travelers that can be accessed by visiting the Fiji Visitors Bureau’s website.
“LEFT HANDED” DRIVING
They drive on the left side of the road in Fiji. The maximum speed limit within township boundaries and built up areas is 50 km/h (30 mph) and the national speed limit on highways ranges from 60 km/h(37 mph) to 80 km/h (50 mph).
Left hand drive vehicles are a restricted commodity in Fiji now.
Exemptions are only granted for Diplomatic vehicles to be conditionally registered and must be exported out of the country upon expiry of the diplomats attachment.
IMPORTING A VEHICLE TO FIJI
Self Imported Vehicles
Since these types of vehicles have been registered in another country, the government will need to have the cancellation certificate from the previous country of registration. There should be a translated version if the cancellation certificate is not in English. The vehicle cannot be transferred for the next 5 years to another person.
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Shipping companies and Customs Agents will usually provide arrival papers around the time your vehicle is imported. Some freight forwarders/Customs Brokers or Customs Agents will also assist you with the Customs formalities. If you are completing the Customs formalities yourself, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your local Customs office.
To obtain delivery of the vehicle, you need to:
- arrange an agricultural clearance for the vehicle through the Quarantine Section of Biosecurity Authority of Fiji.
- arrange for a Customs clearance.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Fiji
- Quarantine/agriculture clearance
- Your passport
- invoice receipt showing total price paid and date of purchase
- Registration papers or Certificate of Permanent Export (UK), Certificate of Title (USA), or De-registration Certificate (Japan).(create check list and and include other countries)
- invoice showing export costs
- Invoice showing freight costs and insurance to Fiji
- Bill of Lading
- Odometer reading at time of sale for export to Fiji
- Odometer reading at time of importation into Fiji
After Customs clearance, the vehicle should be presented to a Lands Transport Authority (LTA) agent for inspection and a compliance audit for certification for registration. You will need to produce the following documents for LTA registration purposes:
- copy of the bill of lading
- paid and certified copy of the Single Administration Document (SAD green copy)
- De-registration certificate
Please note that there is no duty concession on personal motor vehicles unless it is imported by diplomatic missions, personnel or other persons or bodies who are entitled to duty concessions.
Personal Belongings in Vehicles
It is recommended that you do not pack personal belongings in your vehicle when it is being shipped to Fiji for the following reasons. If your vehicle is not containerized, items are very susceptible to pilferage and theft while the vehicle is on the wharf awaiting shipment or collection, or on the vessel carrying the vehicle to Fiji.
Many shippers or carriers will not accept your vehicle for shipment to Fiji if it is packed with personal belongings. The shipper or carrier is required to present a complete list of what is being transported, including the contents of your vehicle, to the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority. The complete contents of your vehicle must be declared at the time they are presented to the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority for entry into Fiji. If this is not done, you may be subject to a fine and the vehicle and its contents may be seized.
Valuation of privately imported vehicles
The Customs value of privately imported new or used motor vehicles is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Tariff Act – Revised 29 Jan 2010. In normal circumstances, the Customs value is determined as the price paid or payable. Refer to valuation.
Any overseas duties or taxes included in the price paid which have been rebated or refunded before the vehicle arrives in Fiji. An allowance for depreciation if the vehicle has been personally owned and used by the importer overseas for not less than 90 days prior to the arrival of the vehicle in Fiji.
Where an importer supplies insufficient or unsatisfactory information, the FRCA may determine a value employing one of the alternative methods provided in the Customs Tariff Act 1986 .
For example, an alternative method of valuation may be used when:
- the importer has purchased the vehicle overseas at an unrealistically low or token price
- the vehicle was acquired by the importer as a gift or prize
- the vehicle was constructed overseas by the importer
- the value of the vehicle has been altered significantly after the date of purchase, for example major restoration, modification or improvement
- use of the depreciation allowance results in an unrealistically high Customs value.
To determine an alternative valuation:
- the Fiji market value of the vehicle, as imported, is established
- a series of deductions is made for such things as overseas freight and insurance, duty (where applicable), VAT and normal mark-ups, until a nominal value for duty can be determined
- duty (if applicable) and VAT are calculated on the nominal value.
How to register a self-imported vehicle
You will need to fill a first registration form. In the first registration you are required to fill in all the particulars about the vehicle including the engine and chassis. This document can be presented to a Insurance company and they will prepare a Third Party Policy (TPP). The TPP should be presented to the Licensing office and a permission to drive will be given to drive the vehicle from the wharf to your residence or to LTA office for registration.
To register your vehicle, go here:
If it is a brand new vehicle?
- Fill in the 1st registration form
- Give the form to the examiner to verify
- When the examiner gives you back the form, take it to the customer service area.
- Pick up a number from the qmatic machine.
- Present your form to the cashier.
- Cashier will create your vehicle ID, allocate you a number and the following fees you will have to pay. –
- 1st registration fees – $33.00
- Inspection fees(o/c) – $28.00
- Inspection fees(psv) – $54.00
- Annual registration – Depending on your engine cc.
If it’s a secondhand vehicle?
- Fill in the 1st registration form plus application for inspection form.
- Present your form to the cashier
- Cashier will create the vehicle ID, allocate you a number and accept $14.00 application for inspection fee if your vehicle is private or commercial. If it’s a Public service vehicle then $28.00 will be accepted.
- Give the form to the Vehicle Examiner to verify together with the relevant documents for registration. i.e
- Bill of Lading
- Customs Entry form. This would include – consignee to be the same as the name on the bill of lading, commodity code of the vehicle IM 4 for unit & IMC4 for # of units, VIN number, amount of tax paid should be in cash, Approved (FIRCA) stamp with “LTA documents certification “ with approved authorised signature.
- Cancellation certificate and
- Translation version of the cancellation certificate if it’s not in English. This should be a certified translation.
All the above should be original
- Examiner will give you back the Inspection check sheet. If the result is certified ok?
- Take it to the customer service area.
- Pick up a number from the qmatic system.
- Present your inspection check sheet to the cashier and pay the following:
- 1st registration fees – $33.00
- Inspection fees(o/c) – $14.00
- Inspection fees(psv) – $28.00
- Annual registration – Depending on your engine cc
If the vehicle is not certified by the examiner, you will need to take it to a garage for repair.
Second Hand Vehicles Age Restriction/Requirements
1. Importer, while selecting the vehicle, should keep in mind the second hand motor vehicle importation criteria for Fiji. The criteria applicable on vehicles are as follows:
- Used or reconditioned road tractors; motor vehicles for the transport of persons; motor cars and other motor vehicles, principally designed for the transport of persons including station wagons and racing cars; motor vehicles for the transport of goods; dual purpose motor vehicles; vehicle chassis; vehicle chassis fitted with engines which are less than five years of their year of manufacture.
- Used or reconditioned Special Purpose vehicles that perform certain non-transport function consuming any type of fuel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Solar road tractors; motor vehicles for the transport of persons; motor cars and other motor vehicles, principally designed for the transport of persons including station wagons and racing cars; motor vehicles for the transport of goods; dual-purpose motor vehicles; vehicle chassis; vehicle chassis fitted with engines which are less than eight years of their year of manufacture.
2. The year of manufacture should be the production or the manufactured date of the vehicle and not the first registration date.
3. An application should be made to General Manager Customs, in writing, together with the relevant documents as follows:
Japanese Second Hand/Auction Vehicles
- Export Certificate (Japanese Original)
- Export Certificate (English version – to be Translated and certified by relevant authority and not the importer)
- Further evidence, when required, to confirm the year of manufacture of the second hand vehicle from the Road Transport Authority (Japan), signed by the authorized signatory.
Other Countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Singapore etc)
- Cancellation Certificate
- De-registration certificate
- Or relevant documents from the Road Transport Authority of the importing country to prove the year of manufacture of the vehicle, that is to be certified and signed by the appropriate authorities.
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