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Textile Industry Eyes Pre-shipment Approval

Textile Industry Eyes Pre-shipment Approval
Mark Halabe
October 03
09:41 2015

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry will be submitting to Government to consider adding garments as ‘perishable’ good to allow for pre-shipment approval.

Currently, only perishable goods like dalo and cassava receive pre-shipment approval.

Mark Halabe of Mark One Apparel yesterday made a presentation during the Top Executive Conference in which he explained that the garments he produced for export needed to reach its destination within a set time, or the effort would go to waste.

“Recently, my business has gone across from a commodity to sports division. Cowboys an NRL team will grace the field on Sunday wearing uniform which has been made in Fiji,” Mr Halabe said.

“We run on a very tight schedule. If Cowboys win on Sunday, by Monday night, we will need to send 750 pieces of garments.

“But, if my garments are not on the back of the players on the said day, it is perishable,” Mr Halabe has argued.

Recently, the industry has been informed that garment would no longer be provided pre-shipment clearance.

Mr Halabe said this was an easy fix and for trade to flourish, a minor administrative decision needed to be made by Government.

Trade and Investment Minister Faiyaz Koya said: “The ministry is here to facilitate the ease of doing business. This is an administrative decision and I am sure once a submission is made in this regard, it would be looked into quickly.”

For regular shipment, documents need to  be sent to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority at least eight hours in advance.

Mr Halabe has argued that this is not possible in some cases where they do not know for sure the quantity they need to ship out.



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