VANUATU LIFTS BAN ON FIJI BISCUITS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 13) – Vanuatu has backed off from a ban it had placed on the import of Fiji biscuits, a market estimated at US$1.2 million a year.

The ban was lifted after Fiji threatened to take retaliatory action by prohibiting the import of Vanuatu kava, worth US$6 million a year.

The biscuit ban was in breach of the Melanesia Spearhead Group trade agreement.

Immediately after the ban was lifted, two containers of biscuits left Fiji for Vanuatu at the weekend.

December 14, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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