Find Freight, Shipping and Logistics expertise in Fiji

The islands of Fiji are situated in the Pacific Ocean, so shipping and airfreight are vitally important for the movement of the many goods that come to and from the country. The islands are central to many of the world’s busiest ocean transportation routes, between Australia, New Zealand, North America and the South Pacific region, and are consequently a regular stopping point for transpacific shipping.

The main port of Fiji is Suva, along with the smaller ports of Lautoka, Levuka and Savusavu. The port of Suva has infrastructure that provides container storage, deep berths and stevedoring in line with international standards. It contains five berth locations with a total of 845 meters of berthing space with alongside depths up to 12 meters. The container terminal provides storage capacity for 80 thousand TEUs of containerised cargo.

Fiji is also a hub for transhipment – large container vessels disseminate their goods in Suva and Lautoka to smaller vessels that relay freight to a network of regional ports. Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL) manages all ports in the country while Ports Terminal Limited (PTL) oversees stevedoring.

Airfreight in Fiji moves via the two international airports of Nadi and Nausori, which handle courier services and cargo freight amounting to almost 100 million ton-km (2009). Airports Fiji Limited, a fully government owned commercial company, is responsible for the operation of all airports on the islands

In 2010 imports of goods to the country were valued at €1.2 billion, whilst exports of goods were calculated to be worth €0.9 billion. The greatest import partner was Singapore, with a 32.3% share in 2010, followed by Australia and New Zealand with shares of 19.8% and 15.6% respectively. The United States led the export partners in 2010, with a share of 15.7%, just ahead of Australia with 14.5%.

In the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (2012) Fiji placed 123rd out of 155 countries in terms of its infrastructure, with a score of 2.22 out of 5. This compared to an average of 2.37 for other lower middle income countries, or of 2.66 for other East Asian and Pacific nations.

The main freight forwarders in the country are DHL Fiji, Carpenters Shipping, Air Pacific and Freight Services Fiji Limited. The global consultancy firm PwC operates on the islands.

The Ministry of Work, Transport and Public Utilities incorporates the Transport Planning Unit, Government Shipping Service and the Civil Aviation Department amongst others, and is, as such, responsible for infrastructure and policy regarding shipping and freight.

In the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (2012) Fiji was ranked 123rd overall out of 155 countries, with a score of 2.42, 45.4% of the highest performer, Singapore. Each country is scored from one to five, with one being the worst performance in terms of logistics, infrastructure and customs amongst other categories. In relation to customs (137th), international shipments (122nd), logistics competence (136th) and tracking and tracing (112th), Fiji scored below the average for both its region, East Asia and Pacific, and its income group, lower-middle income. In terms of timeliness (85th) it scored below the average for the region but above that of its income group.

Airfreight in Fiji moves via the two international airports of Nadi and Nausori, which handle courier services and cargo freight amounting to almost 100 million ton-km (2009). The main freight forwarders in the country are DHL Fiji, Carpenters Shipping, Air Pacific and Freight Services Fiji Limited.

Freight, Shipping and Logistics organisations in Fiji
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