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Personal Export

Passengers travelling from Fiji who wish to take pounded Kava (Grog) with them in their luggage have to meet the destination country importing requirements. Some countries may have the restrictions on the weight that will be accepted by the Border Agency.

The following need to be ensured by the travellers.

  1. All pounded Kava is properly packed with the proper label. There are many outlets around the country who supply commercially packed packages with declared weight.
  2. The traveller should ensure that he obtains “Personal Phytosanitary certificate” from Biosecurity Authority of Fiji” by visiting their district office or at the Airport Office. All inspected and approved package will carry a biosecurity sticker. The cost of Phytosanitary certificate issued may vary depending on the amount of Kava being taken i.e. $21.26 to $47.96
  3. Kava export is banned in Australia thus they have weight restrictions on the personal allowance. Currently, only 2kg to 4kg is allowed as personal allowance.
  4. The volume above 20kg will be considered as commercial export thus the traveller will be required to pay the export license fees of $5.45 and “Commercial Phytosanitary Certificate” will be issue with appropriate fees and charges.
  5. It is responsibility of the traveller to ensure that he declares the Kava to Boarder Agencies at the airport and meets their quarantine requirements.

Commercial Export:

For commercial export of Kava, the exporter has to meet the following requirements.

  1. Export Facility approved by BAF as “Biosecurity Approved Premises – BAP” with yearly license.
  2. Exporter to apply for Export License with BAF with appropriate fees and charges.
  3. All export will be inspected by BAF before Phytosanitary certificate is being released.
  4. Exporter must submit an Export Declaration to declare:
    1. Country of origin of Kava processed for export.
    2. Quantity of kava in the consignment sourced from each country of origin.

The commercial Kava export to Australia is currently banned.

Kava powder and kava roots

Requirements for Australia:

Passengers taking kava to Australia are allowed 4 kilograms and below per person as carryon baggage on the plane. No permit or phytosanitary certificate is required by Australian quarantine. Currently, kava cannot be exported to Australia through parcel post or freight companies.

Requirements for PNG:

Passengers are only allowed to take 1 kilogram (or less) kava to PNG provided it is inspected by BAF and a phytosanitary certificate is issued. Any person wanting to take or export more than 1 kilogram of kava to PNG must obtain an import permit from PNG’s national plant protection organization and arrange for inspection and clearance from BAF.

Requirements for New Zealand, USA, Japan, China, United Kingdom, France, Korea, Middle East and other Pacific Island Countries:

Personal export of kava to any of the above countries requires biosecurity inspection and clearance including the issuance of a phytosanitary certificate.

Please note BAF will not be responsible nor liable for any inconvenience caused due to visitors/passengers bypassing or avoiding Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) procedures (such as inspection and certification) of their handicrafts or artefacts. Uncertified handicrafts may get held up at border clearance abroad.

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