Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. In addition to being one of Australia's most geographically isolated communities, Norfolk Island is one of Australia's oldest territories, having been settled six weeks after Australia's founding settlement at Sydney, New South Wales. The country started to build up strong trade relationships in 1796, when the main source of profit was tourism.
Nowadays, agriculture is the main source of national income for this small island. This happens due to the fact, that the soil is very fertile in addition to a favorable climate. Agricultural products like sugar and sugar products, coffee and tea, rice, spices and herbs, tobacco and tobacco substitutes are exported to international market.
The Engineering industry is well developed in the country. The local manufacturers produce and export lifting machinery, agricultural machinery, airplanes, helicopters and spacecrafts.
As the country is surrounded by water, the Nautical industry gets a large portion of the country’s investments. The government motivates the sellers export fresh fish, frozen fish, mollusks, squids, crabs, shrimps, octopuses, caviar as well as different sea transport as canoes, sailboats and small boats.
The top export destinations of Norfolk Island are Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Norfolk Islands is an external Australian territory in the Pacific Ocean about 1600 km northeast of Sydney. In addition to being one of Australia's most geographically isolated communities, Norfolk Islands is one of Australia's oldest territories, having been settled six weeks after Australia's founding settlement at Sydney, New South Wales.
The government of the country is focused on the development of aerospace and defense industries, bringing the country closer to the international market. The country imports helicopters and spacecrafts from Australia as it does not have enough territory and a wide range of materials in order to produce them on its territory.
The Norfolk Islands are surrounded with water. As a result, it does not have a direct access to the world’s hugest trade centers. This fact makes the country import different kinds of boats and ships: motorboats, sailboats. In addition to this, the Nautical industry needs renewal of ship parts as well as the import of refined petroleum, metals and cobalt.
The top import origins are New Zealand, Fiji, Mozambique, Australia and the Philippines.
Norfolk Islands Customs Department
Address: Bicentennial Complex, Taylors Rd, Norfolk Island, 2899.
Phone: + 672322140
Implementation of customs functions in Norfolk Island is consistent with the current arrangements in the Indian Ocean Territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. That is, a modified version of the Customs Act 1901 and associated regulations will apply in Norfolk Island.
Two copies of the freight invoices in English are required. No specific form is required, but all invoices must contain the names of the exporter and consignee, number and types of packages, marks and numbers on the packages, net and gross weights, CIF value, terms of sale, and a thorough description of the merchandise. Note that the importer will usually need a signed duplicate invoice to speed the release of the imported goods from customs.
Certificate of Origin
Every importer or exporter has to prove the origin of the products buy preparing a Certificate of Origin. Two certified copies are required.
A packing list is not legally required, but such lists are usually considered essential in accelerating the time required for customs clearance.
Bill of Lading (Air Waybill)
There are no regulations specifying content of a bill of lading. Importers should include clear marks of identification and the name and address of the consignee of the goods. Shipping marks on the goods must correspond exactly to numbers on bills of lading/invoices.
Persons wishing to import goods are required to attach six copies of this invoice to the application for an import license and/or the intent to import. A pro-forma invoice may also be required when presenting an application to Norfolk Islands authorities to ship bonded goods through the country.
Labels on most foods must show:
- product name (generic and trade);
- type of product;
- dates of manufacture;
- expiry dates;
- methods of preservation;
- ingredients in descending order of composition;
- weights or quantities;
- manufacturer's name;
- importer's name, address and phone number;
- places where the product can be returned or exchanged.