Transport plays a critical role in Fiji’s economy contributing around 10 percent of GDP in the last three years, it also employs a considerable amount of people in both formal and informal sectors with the latter most vibrant in the land transport industry. It also links key social and economic sectors of the economy including resources based industries, education, and health.
The Fiji Govt has invested in infrastructure with major improvements in the road, bridge, and Jetty assets. The focus on its infrastructure repairs and improvements rather than building new roads (See road network). Road surfaces have been improved where many arterial roads have been surfaced with tar replacing the gravel surface.
Road transport and sea transport are interlinked. The National (Interisland) Freight transport is based on the carriage and transport of goods on the vehicle from the point of dispatch to the final destination. Loads on commercial routes are not transhipped (loaded and unloaded) onto a vessel the goods remain on the vehicle while the vehicle moves with the vessel. This, of course, will not apply for contract based carriage. This also only applies to routes serviced by RoRo vessels. Freight to smaller islands will be hand loaded and unloaded.
Pricing between the islands is based on the goods being carried on the truck and to the final destination.
For international import operations, Fiji freight forwarding companies manage multimodal logistics operations (inc. in emergency context), humanitarian operators usually don't have to deal with specific transport companies, as this is managed by the freight forwarders if it is going to a specific destination. Any internal transport will need to be managed through transport companies
There are many transport companies in Fiji but many of these are small private operators, there are predominantly 3 main transport companies:
CDP is a transport company with a courier based business structure but also moves general and container freight. CDP contracts to many other companies and are agents for many international companies like TOLL group in New Zealand. CDP owns and operates over 120 vehicles with over 60 staff. They also have a strong history of supporting humanitarian relief program over the past 35 years.
CDP are based in Suva (Lami) and has depots in Nadi Savusavu and Labasa.
Founded in the 1920’s in Suva by Captain Williams and Captain Gosling with its headquarters in Suva, and offices at Nadi Airport, Lautoka, Ba & Savusavu. W&G is the agent in Fiji for dozens of freight forwarders, removals, and shipping companies. They are specialists in air and sea freight, Customs brokerage, transport, heavy lift project work, household & office removals, document and general storage. Ships agents for cargo, passenger and fishing vessels, and clearance for visiting yachts they also specialize in logistics for audio-visual productions and tourism projects. W&G have 320 skilled and very experienced staff.
W&G are not a transport company per se but can organize transport services due to their long established network
All Engineering provide a large range of engineering services and are importers on medium and heavy machinery and have trucks available for hire. They, however, are more focused on engineering rather than transport services.
Indicative freight rates
Indicative freight rates in Fiji main 2 islands of Veti Levu and Vanua Levu are between FJD 95-145 /CBM for consignments over 100Kg and FJD 0.85/Kg for consignments under 100Kg. In the Fiji main Islands. Remote locations and Island are at the higher end of the range.
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