20 May 2016

Trade minister complains about Fiji ban on PNG products

4:29 pm on 20 May 2016

Papua New Guinea's Trade Minister, Richard Maru, has complained to Fiji for an ongoing ban on various PNG products.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

His concerns include a stop on Ox & Palm corned beef, Trukai Rice and Snacks entering Fiji.

Mr Maru said these were products, carried by Papua New Guineans entering Fiji, which biosecurity officials often confiscate.

He said products such as Ox & Palm corned beef from Papua New Guinea were exported to Australia and Japan in commercial quantities, so he could not understand Fiji's concerns.

The Post Courier reports that in terms of trade, Fiji exports much more to PNG than the other way around.