14 Dec 2004

Vanuatu lifts Fiji biscuit ban

8:10 am on 14 December 2004

Vanuatu has backed off from a ban it had placed on the import of Fiji biscuits worth 1.2 million US dollars a year.

The ban was lifted after Fiji threatened to take retaliatory action by prohibiting the import of Vanuatu kava worth 6 million US dollars a year.

The biscuit ban was in breach of the Melanesia Spearhead Group trade agreement.

Immediately after the ban was lifted, two containers of biscuits left Fiji for Vanuatu at the weekend.