The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has re-engaged with an expanded remit Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre (JEVIC) to carry out pre-shipment vehicle inspection in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand before vehicles are brought in Fiji from these countries.

This is designed to enhance the quality standards of used vehicles that are imported into Fiji.

With effect from 1st October 2019 an expanded scope of off-shore inspection has been agreed with several key stakeholders in Fiji such as the Bio Security Authority, Fiji Revenue & Customs, Fiji Independent Consumer Council and the Consumer Council itself which will now take in the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and of course Japan.

For Australia and New Zealand, the inspections would start on the 1st of October 2019 and vehicles coming into the country without an inspection done by JEVIC after the 1st of November 2019 will not be registered unless the records show that the vehicle had left the country of import prior to 1st of October 2019.

Importers of used vehicles shall pre-determine the vehicle import timeline and receive the JEVIC inspection prior to shipment in order to ensure that these deadlines are not violated.

Vehicle traders are advised to contact LTA or liaise with JEVIC who will arrange with vehicle exporters to conduct inspections in locations around Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

Vehicle traders and individuals are kindly advised to contact the LTA Standards & Engineering Department on Standards@lta.com.fj for any clarification.

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