Importing To Tonga

Basic Import Requirements:

1.For most plant import applications, an import permit is required. A separate application form must complete for each type of goods to imports, when an applicant meets the requirements then a permit will be issued. A permit can cover multiple importations for over a period of 6 months. If the import conditions are altered the permit will be cancelled and the importer may be advised to reapply.

2. A phytosanitary certificate is required covering all produce in each shipment. The certificate must be issue by government authority stating origin of the consignment and freedom from pest and diseases. The certificate must also include any special endorsements which were set out on the import Permit.

3. Shipments must be free of soil and/or debris and packed in clean new packages.

4. Except in situation where goods are being imported.

5. All consignments are subject to inspection on arrival and any treatment if necessary.

 

FRUITS , VEGETABLES AND PLANT PRODUCTS REQUIREMENTS

Commercial Imports:

1. An import permit is required to import fruits, vegetables and plant products from officially accepted overseas suppliers such as New Zealand and Australia.

2.  All new proposed commodities OR new overseas countries will have undergo import risk assessments so as to determine the risks involved for Tonga on a per commodity or country basis.  An import application form will have to be filled out at our main office listing the new commodities or country/countries.  An import risk analysis will be conducted and the outcome communicated to the proposed exporter. Please enquire with our office for further details.

Non Commercial Imports:

All passenger accompanied fruits from New Zealand do not require a phytosanitary certificate but have to be accompanied by a sales receipt as proof of purchase in New Zealand, NOT in another country.  You must DECLARE all foods, plants and plant products when filling out the arrival card upon arriving in Tonga.

All passengers from New Zealand are allowed a maximum of 20kg of fruits.  The fruits will be inspected upon arrival by quarantine officers at the airport.

MEAT REQUIREMENTS

Commercial Imports:

1. An import permit is required for commercial imports from known suppliers.

2. New meat commodities or new supplying countries will have to have apply for an import permit.  Consequentially, all import permit applications will undergo import risk assessments.
3. Passenger are limited to bringing in a maximum of TWENTY (20) KILOGRAMS of meat products in total for each adult air- or sea passenger, ship’s crew;
4. All meat products MUST BE in UNBROKEN, SEALED but commercially PACKAGED, clearly stating the name of the store, meat packer or manufacturer and country of origin (commercial packaging and labeling]; and
4. A purchasing receipt from the meat packer or store be accompanied the meat consignment into Tonga and be presented to Tonga Quarantine at airport/port of entry for inspection.

BEEF/VENTION/BUFFALO [sausage, luncheon, saveloy, meat, hot dogs, frankfurts, pies] cooked, uncooked (frozen, chilled, smoked, salted and dried) Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Vanuatu
POULTRY including turkey, duck, chicken, ostrich. [carcasses, pieces, sausage, luncheon meat, frankfurts and offal] cooked, uncooked (including frozen, smoked, dried and chilled) Australia, New Zealand, United States of America
PIG MEAT [ham, sausage, bacon, saveloy, luncheon meat, hot dogs, pies, salami and frankfurts] frozen and cooked Australia, New Zealand, United States of America
chilled ONLY Australia, New Zealand
SHEEP and GOAT MEAT [mutton and lamb] cooked, uncooked (frozen, chilled, smoked, salted and dried) Australia, New Zealand
SHEEP offal must be frozen and/or cooked Australia, New Zealand, United States of America
CHICKEN EGGS UNFERTILISED AND CLEAN, commercially packaged Australia, New Zealand, United States of America
MILK PRODUCTS [yoghurt, cheese, milk, ice cream, UHT products] commercially packaged Australia, New Zealand, United States of America

Private consignments of meat products and products containing dairy ingredients originating from Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and United States of America may be given biosecurity clearance provided all the following requirements are met:
i. The product is commercially prepared and packaged
ii. The product is in its original sealed packaging on arrival
iii. The country of origin is identifiable from the packaging
iv. The total weight of the consignment is 20 kilograms or less.
Definitions:
1. Commercially prepared and packaged – A product that has been manufactured in a commercial manner by a commercial enterprise and is packaged in tamper proof packaging.
2. Animal Products – Non-viable products derived from animals.
3. Animal by-products – Mechanically removed meat and other animal parts that remain after the skeletal muscle has been removed in dressing or trimming. Animal by-products include offal, fat and blood intended for human consumption.
4. Private Consignment – A consignment imported as personal property and not intended for resale. Maximum size of a private consignment will be specified in the individual standards.
5. Meat – Skeletal muscle with naturally included or adherent tissue or bone. This definition excludes animal by-products.
6. Meat products – This refers to products prepared from or with meat that has undergone treatment such that the cut surface shows that the product no longer has the characteristics of fresh meat
7. Dairy product – Any product manufactured from the milk and cream of animals.
Private consignments of New Zealand origin meat, meat products, dairy products, egg products or products with New Zealand origin meat/dairy/egg ingredients from any country may be given quarantine clearance provided all the following requirements are met:
i. The product is commercially prepared and packaged
ii. The product is in its original sealed packaging on arrival
iii. New Zealand is clearly identifiable as the country of origin from the packaging
iv. The total weight of the consignment is 20 kilograms or less.