Category Archive: News

  1. Non-declared food and plant related items

    June 19th, 2018

    Notice Quarantine staffs at the airport are finding more and more passengers arriving in Tonga are not filling out the quarantine section of the arrival cards properly.  Many passengers are not declaring food items and other items of risk.  The quarantine staff will be a lot stricter on non-declared food and plant related items which […]

  2. New Inspection Shed for handicrafts

    June 26th, 2017

    The new inspection shed for handicrafts destined for overseas countries such as Australia and New Zealand was officially opened on Friday 16th June 2017. The building was funded through the Pacific Horticulture and Market Access (PHAMA) project which is co-funded by Australia (DFAT) and New Zealand (MFAT). The building was officially opened by the Australian […]

  3. Invasive species

    June 26th, 2017

    This is an example of another invasive species that we are trying to ensure it doesnt establish in Tonga. The Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) is a serious threat to Tonga as it is spreading quickly in Australia. It is related to our native “lo kula” but has an extremely painful sting that will show […]

  4. Coffee Industry in Tonga

    June 26th, 2017

    The small coffee industry in Tonga is growing and producing quality arabica beans. We need to be proactive and make sure that the community at large is aware that none of the economic pests and diseases of coffee exist in our kingdom. We need to keep it that way which can only be done by […]

  5. Red Back Spider

    June 26th, 2017

    Our first recorded interception of the Red Back Spider. The Red Back Spider is an Australian spider and is rated as the 3rd most poisonous spider in the world. The female spider can fertiliser her eggs for 2 to 3 years after mating which contributes to the resilient nature of this species and has led […]