Wallis and Futuna is the French collectivity in the South Pacific. Despite the fact that the territory of these islands is just 142.42 km2, the country gained great success on the international market due to its exports. Since 2003, the country gained the finance independence and could build up its own economy, establishing strong export partnerships.
Agriculture is the main industry of the island. The food export brings a lot of income, motivating local manufacturers to produce more and more fruits and vegetables. The locals cultivate much of their own food in the rich volcanic soils. Taro, yam, manioc, breadfruit and banana gardens are everywhere. The coconut plantations of Wallis were damaged in the 1930s by the rhinoceros beetle but the situation was brought under control. All of the coconuts are now used for the export. The plantations of Futuna island were damaged too. That is why the manufacturers can produce just a couple of hundred tones of copra a year. In the same time, the high quality kava is grown for the international market.
Fishing is the significant export of the country. The local manufacturers sell lobsters, dried and fresh conch, and conch shells. In addition to this, the country exports fish, crustaceans, aquatic invertebrates, such as: frozen fish, molluscs, caviar and squid.
The territory of the islands is rich in natural resources. The country is able to export large quantities of niobium, tantalum, vanadium and zirconium ore. In addition to this, the islands export metalworking machine parts, medical instruments and raw aluminum.
The top export destinations of Wallis and Futuna are India, Belgium-Luxembourg, Fiji, New Caledonia and Sri Lanka.
The economy and future development of the islands are heavily dependent on French financial assistance. In such a way, the islands are not self-sufficient and must import a large portion of its food requirements, mainly from France.
The location of Wallis and Futuna islands places them near beautiful rivers, providing a valuable means of transportation but also needed water for the agricultural industry. In such a way, the country imports small boats, such as canoes and kayaks and rigid inflatable boats in order to transport different products from one part on the island into another one. In addition to this, the country imports water towers and water mills to produce electricity.
The government of the country is focused on establishing of functional roads and sea connections to build up new international relations. A good transportation system is the key for good trade relations with EU, Asian and African countries. For realizing this aim, the country imports construction materials and engineering appliances, machinery and mechanical appliances as well as different wood items.
Due to the fact, that the country does not produce any means of transport, Wallis and Futuna islands import them from abroad. Cars, trucks and SUV are mostly imported from France and Australia.
The top import origins are Fiji, France, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand.
French Customs Authorities
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The islands of Wallis and Futuna lie in the central Pacific. It is a raised reef, mainly limestone, with an area of ninety-six square miles (250 square kilometers). It is surrounded by a wide lagoon with many small islets. The lagoon is shallow, and barely navigable. The island is divided into three districts. Mu'a, the most populous; Hahake; and Hihifo. The main town where government offices and the hospital are located is Mata'utu in Hahake in the central district. The island buys more than exports. The French Customs Authorities are the ones, responsible for the Customs Laws in the country.
Basic import documentation required by the Wallis and Futuna Customs includes:
- Import Declaration (prepared and signed by a customs broker);
- Commercial Invoice (original plus four copies to be presented in French);
- Airway Bill;
- Bill of Lading (to be presented in triplicate);
- Commercial license number;
- Phytosanitary Certificate;
- Certificate of Free Sale (if required);
- Certificate of Origin (in the case of application for duty free treatment).
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.