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TCF to Attend AISF in 2012

We’re planning on seeing all our old friends and looking to make new ones this November at the upcoming Australian International Sourcing Fair (AISF) from 20-22 November at the Sydney Exhibition Centre.

At the show, we’ll be sure to provide even greater insight as to exactly why you need to consider to ‘Make it in Fiji’ when seeking a quality manufacturer with responsive and cost effective efficiencies. With our ability to deliver timely, precise, flexible and smaller runs at truly impressive costs structures, we know that you will want to learn more about what Fiji has to offer. We hope to see you there.

For more details on the AISF show itself, please visit www.sourcingfair.com.au


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Posted on: May 30 at 9:25 am
 
Mark One Apparel Ltd’s Products chosen to carry the Fiji Made Label

Just weeks ago, Mark One Apparel Ltd was one of the six companies chosen to tag their products with the Fiji Made Label.  These were the first group of companies that satisfied all the requirements made by the Government to have their products certified as such.  The company was handed a certificate stating that products from their company is officially licensed to carry the label.

Mark One Apparels export Fiji sewn garments to Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.  These products are world class and compete not only with the quality that it serves but also the price and the time span taken for delivery.  The license granted works on a yearly basis with companies having to reapply once it has expired.

“When the Fiji Government promoted Fiji made as a means to bring to our attention the fact that our locally produced products are as good as or better than imported goods and services, we fully supported this initiative.   We had to go through rigorous processes to match the certain criteria from the Government”, mentioned Mr. Halabe the owner of Mark One Apparel Ltd.

In an interview by the press, Mr. Sayed- Khaiyum mentioned that all producers of Fiji Made goods would be able to include benefits with their products to ensure that local and tourists would purchase Fiji Made, thus this becoming a healthy initiative for our local producers and products.

Mark One will continue to export 99% of their production but at the same time will source local products as inputs. With more local products for export and with less importation of goods the balance of payments will be more favorable to the Fiji economy.

With this in mind, Mark One is the proud owners of the label ‘SEWN IN FIJI’ logo on their products and hope that in the days coming ahead, this logo will be looked for as a guarantee of excellence not just in Fiji but around the World.


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Posted on: March 15 at 9:10 am
 
Extension of SPARTECA Provision Scheme on the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry for Fiji

The extension of the trading scheme by Australia means that under the agreement, certain textiles, clothing and footwear goods that are manufactured in Forum Island Countries (FICs) including Fiji will be exported to Australian and New Zealand markets on a duty free basis. The scheme has been extended till 31st December 2014.

The garment and footwear manufacturing industry is a major contributor to Fiji’s economy, generating millions of dollars in exports each year. The Minister for Foreign Affairs for Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola welcoming this scheme highlighted that the TCF industry plays an important role in alleviating poverty and engendering social equity.

“90% of employees in the industry are women and in most cases the sole bread winner. The industry employs 4000 workers but indirectly impacts nearly 12,000 people. Through the scheme, there is potential to turn the garment industry around and increase its contribution towards Fiji’s GDP and social development,” said Ratu Inoke.

The South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Co-operation Agreement (SPARTECA) was signed by most Forum members at the Forum’s Eleventh Meeting in Kiribati on 14th of July, 1980. It came into effect for most Forum Island Countries from 1st January, 1981.

For Fiji in particular, the extension means that the major markets for Fiji’s TCF output will not face any potential loss of revenue due to the elimination of a relief mechanism that has provided genuine competitive support.


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Posted on: January 26 at 10:45 am
 
Invitations are in the Mail

We’re talking about Emails, that is… And the invitations have been forwarded to thousands of relevant industry stakeholders from all around the Asia Pacific region who will soon be attending the Australian International Sourcing Fair (AISF) on the 22nd -24th of November in Sydney this month.


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Posted on: November 20 at 7:21 pm
 
Retailing in Fiji – A Market Unto Itself

If you see workers come by regularly on their off hours and eat in the restaurant where they work, you know they serve good food and it’s certainly hygienic. In the same light, many of the major clothing manufacturers in the TCF Council have outlets here in Fiji where they sell clothing especially designed and produced for the local markets. And you can bet that their own workers are lining up to purchase items there as well.

Ranjit Garments distributes a great deal of locally sold garments through its RG Direct Stores. United Apparel has its Casanova retail outlet located right on the manufacturing facility premises. Intimate Apparel sells through its Vua-La chain and Jack’s Garments is a major supplier to one of the nation’s most prominent retailers, its very own sister company, Jack’s of Fiji.

All of these manufacturers see Fiji’s market as an important adjunct to their business. These are not seconds and overruns; these are quality clothing options for a specific Pacific Island market. So if you find yourself in Fiji and you need a great suit, Bula shirt, intimate knick knack for yourself or a special lady, or solid work clothing, contact the TCF Council and we’ll help you load up on what you need to look the part in these parts.


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Posted on: October 15 at 9:31 am
 

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