SPARTECASouth Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement
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Mr Ali said, this company(Classic Apparel) has been using the SPARTECA trade agreement for exporting to Australia, however the impediment, is the rules of origin so we ve had some issues regards to rules of origin, sort of prescribes that we need to use Australian products to gain preference which is documented in the SPARTECA scheme into Australia market.
Nonetheless, both the countries felt that the TCF sector could be further developed through Australia and Fiji's prolonged affiliation under the SPARTECA TCF-Scheme.
The SPARTECA TCF scheme, which facilitates duty free access to Australia for textiles, clothing and footwear products manufactured in Forum island countries including Fiji, was extended in 2009 to December 31st 2011.