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Protest Against New Fiji Regulations

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 25, 2008 07:21 PM

Published: 2008-08-25 19:21:48
Countries: Fiji

We have been informed that Milli at Vuda Pt. Marina is organising a response to the Fiji Government's recent policy change regarding returning yachts.

If you wish to voice your concerns, you can send a copy of the following letter to her and she will collate them as part of the response. Please edit the letter to reflect your situation.

Thank you to S/V Cheshire for passing on this information.

Send letter to: [email protected]

Prime Minister
Government Buildings
Suva, Fiji Islands

Dear Sir,

We are writing to protest the new regulation announced recently by the Fiji Islands Revenue & Customs Authority regarding foreign pleasure craft. This regulation would impose prohibitive import duty on those foreign vessels who wish to return to Fiji less than nine months following departure from a previous visit to Fiji.

This restriction affects those of us who enjoy cruising among Fiji's many beautiful islands so much that we want to return again. Many yachts wish to spend up to six months in Fiji from May through October, then leave during the cyclone season. Rather than pay import duty upon our return six months later, we will avoid Fiji altogether, sailing instead to Tonga, Vanuatu or New Caledonia where we are more welcome.

This will surely have an unfortunate impact upon the marinas, yacht clubs, vendors and other businesses that rely upon visiting yachts; the demise of these marine services would decrease the attractiveness of Fiji as a cruising destination, even for those just visiting for one season. We also contribute significant income in tourist activities, shopping and dining which will be lost to the Fiji economy.

We hope that you will reconsider and choose to rescind the restrictive nine-month policy that has been causing much confusion and consternation among the yachting community around the world.

Yours sincerely,

(A name, boat name, country of origin)