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Trade Standards

(a) FS/AS/NZS 4474.1:2007 means the AS/NZS 4474.1:1997, as adopted by virtue of the Trade Standards (Household Electric Refrigerating Appliances) Order 2007, subject to the amendments set out in this order.

(b) FS/AS/NZS 4474.2:2007 means the AS/NZS 4474.1:2001, as adopted by virtue of the Trade Standards (Household Electric Refrigerating Appliances) Order 2007, subject to the amendments set out in this order.
Penalties

(a)    Subject to the Trade Standards Quality Control Decree 1992, no.24 which serves as the principal legislation for the MEPSL program;

(b) Any person guilty of an offence under this Decree, is liable on conviction to fine not exceeding $5000.00 for a first offence and $10000.00 for a second subsequent offence.

(c) Every person who commits an offence against this Decree is liable in addition to the fine in (i); and

(d) Where a person is convicted of any offence against this decree and the court by which it is convicted is of the opinion that the offence was committed to defraud, that person shall be liable in addition to or instead of any other penalty, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.

(e) The maximum penalty for an offence under a provision of the Decree committed by a body corporate is a fine that is five times the fine provided for in the provision or, as the case may be, a fine that is five times the fine for in (i).

(f ) If a person is convicted of an offence under this decree and the court considers that the commission of the offence caused another person to suffer pecuniary loss, the court may order the convicted person to pay the other person a specified amount of compensation for the loss.

(g) The court may make such an order whether or not it imposes a penalty for the offence.

(h) The amount ordered to be paid may be recovered in a court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due by the convicted person to the other person.

Application Requirements

A letter of application has to be lodged with Department of Energy (DoE) for importation of every household electric freezers and refrigerators into the country with the following mandatory details:

1. The brand name of all the fridges imported.
2. The model number of all the fridges imported
3. The Quantity of all fridges imported
4. The country of origin.
5. Purpose of import.
6. Shipping agent.
7. Date of arrival in Fiji.
8. Contact Details

Whereby, DoE will scrutinize and verify the application and approval shall only be granted if there are no deficiencies within the applied documents.  All applications will require process duration of ten (10) working days.

 

Registered Retailers                               Other Stakeholders
Courts Home Centers                             Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority
Tapoos Group of Companies               Solicitor Generals Ofiice
D.Gokal Co.Ltd                                          Department pf Environment
Narhari Electrical Company Ltd          Ministry of Industry and Trade
Rups Big bear                                             Consumer Council of Fiji
Morris Hedstrom                                      Secretatriate of the South Pacific
Brijlal & Co Ltd                                          The Aust. dept. of climate change and energy efficiency (DCCEE)
Comfort Home Finishing                      International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)

Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Labeling Program

The desire of the governments to improve the energy efficiency of appliances has led to the development of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and the associated energy Labeling Scheme.
 
The preliminary processes for the implementation of this program started in 1996 and it developed to the advance stages through frequent stakeholder consultations, Cost and Benefit Analysis of Implementing the program in Fiji, retailer trainings and various submissions to the cabinet for relevant discussions and approvals.

Approval received from Cabinet (15/3/11), and the Fiji Department of Energy will now be monitoring and facilitating the import and sales of Electric household freezers and refrigerators into Fiji.

It will be mandatory for these appliances to be compliant to the FS/AS/NZS standards 4474.1 and 4474.2.

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority will be assisting the Department of Energy into achieving a smooth transition of the Program.

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