L-R PTI NZ Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez; EIF International Director Ann-Maree Lund; EIF International Business Development Manager Ellie Mafi; and PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong speak about challenges Pacific exporters are facing.

New Zealand welcomes Pacific exports – there is undoubtedly demand for the unique and niche market goods which have been emerging from the region in recent times.

However, the process of exporting goods to Aotearoa often presents many challenges, such as Customs requirements; bio-security issues; logistics; labelling; pricing systems; delivering goods from farm to market among others.

New Zealand company EIF International is helping Pacific exporters to combat these challenges with its extensive knowledge and staff experiences, which enables the company to provide a comprehensive range of flexible, reliable and customised solutions.

The company offers a wide range of compliance consultancy services across a variety of sectors to assist in the management of cargo across the border; as well as being a supply chain partner who offers a customised solution for pick, pack and distribution needs.

In September, EIF International Director Ann-Maree Lund and Business Development Manager Ellie Mafi visited the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Auckland office to speak to Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez and Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong about challenges Pacific exporters are facing.

“A number of small exporters have difficulties of putting the right information in the bill of lading and other relevant information on exports-related requirements,” Manuel explains.

Ann-Maree and Ellie are effective at helping Pacific exporters ship their products smoothly to New Zealand and other countries, he adds.

“Especially when it comes to filling in forms for Customs, bio-security issues, the Food Act and other tax duty requirements.”

This month, PTI is hosting Business Capability Building workshops in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, as part of its the Path to Market programme, and it has asked the EIF International representatives for advice and guidelines on how to bring the export commodities to the New Zealand market.

It is hoped an EIF International representative will become one of the resource speakers at the Path to Market Workshops staged throughout the regions, Trade Development Manager Ian says.

“They would share their wealth of knowledge and experience in the exporting of goods and services from the Pacific to the international market.”

It has been an insightful visit for both PTI and EIF International and Manuel and Ian extend their thanks to EIF International for sharing its view on how to mitigate the risks in the supply link process of Pacific export goods to New Zealand’s market, as well as for providing tips on how to export efficiently and effectively to the outside world.

For more information, email Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez at manuel.v@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz.





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