Fiji and Papua New Guinea trade deal struck

Fiji and Papua New Guinea trade deal struck

European Union (EU) imports of clothing and textiles from Fiji and Papua New Guinea will all become duty free under a new trade agreement negotiated with their governments by the European Commission.

Under a schedule released by Brussels, any EU duties on these products would be scrapped permanently. The same would apply for yarn, dyes and textile finishing chemicals.

Meanwhile, imports by these Pacific states of EU textile and clothing imports would also become duty free: immediately for Papua New Guinea and with tariffs phased out between 2018 and 2023 for Fiji.

Duties of 27% on EU-made dyes would remain in Fiji; they already enter Papua New Guinea duty free.

The agreement's text says its terms aim at "promoting sustainable development and the gradual integration of Pacific states into the world economy…"