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Solomon Islands

COUNTRY:
Solomon Islands
MEMO:
The State of Solomon Islands is a scattered double chain archipelago in the south-western Pacific Ocean, stretching over 1,400 km from Bougainville in Papua New Guinea to Vanuatu. Its 27,556 square km land area comprises the six major islands of Guadalcanal, Choiseul, New Georgia, Santa Isabel, Malaita and San Cristobal. Capital: Honiara (35,000). Population: 581,000.
NOTE:
Documents required for most commercial shipments Copies req’d abroad Board of Trade or Chamber of Commerce Consular Visa Your File Total number of copies
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Bills of Lading 3+3 no none no none 1 3+4
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
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Cert. of Origin 2 no none no none 1 3
Packing List
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Air Waybill 1 no none no none 1 2
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
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Cert. of Origin 2 no none no none 1 3
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Postal Declaration 1 set no none no none 1cc 1 set
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
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Cert. of Origin 2 no none no none 1 3
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LANGUAGE:
English
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES:
Metric System
CURRENCY:
1 Solomon Dollar = 100 Cents
ISO-CODE:
SBD
TIME:
16 hours ahead of EST
HOLIDAYS:
Jan. 1; July 7; Dec. 25, 26 as well as Good Friday, Easter Monday, Queen’s Birthday, Independence Day and several Province Days, which have variable dates.
EMBASSY:
High Commission for the Solomon Islands,
800 Second Avenue, Suite 400 L,
New York, NY, 10017, U.S.A.,
Tel.: (212) 599-6192,
Fax: (212) 661-8925.
CONSULAR SECTION:
CONSULATE GENERAL:
500-666 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3P6,
Tel.: (604) 638-6548,
Fax: (604) 637-6916.
CANADIAN REPRESENTATION:
None – falls under territory Australia:
Canadian High Commission,
Commonwealth Ave.,
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia,
Tel.: (011-61-2) 6273-3844,
Fax: (011-61-2) 6273-3285, 6270-4081.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Employers,
P.O. Box 650, Panatina Plaza,
Honiara, Solomon Islands,
Tel.: (011-677) 39542,
Fax: (011-677) 39544
INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIALING CODE:
011- 677 + local number
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY:
240v, 50 cycles AC.
IMPORT RESTRICTIONS:
Most goods may be freely imported under open general license. There are few import licensing restrictions, but quotas are placed on imports of certain products which would compete with local output.
EXCHANGE CONTROL:
Exchange control is administered by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands under the amended terms of the Exchange Control Act of 1976. The law applies to all financial transactions between residents and non-residents.
BILLS OF LADING:
No special regulations. May be made out “to order”, but notify address must be shown.
CONSULAR INVOICES:
None.
CONSULAR FEES:
CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN:
Required for all goods irrespective of origin. Customs requires 3 copies. On “Certificate of Value and Origin” forms available from: Migra International Limited as per order form (go to the top of this page and click on “Order Blank Forms”). To be signed by authorized person. Certification by Board of Trade or Chamber of Commerce not required.
COMMERCIAL INVOICES:
Required combined with Certificate of Value and Origin. State all discounts and deductions allowed. Facsimile signatures not allowed.
PACKING LIST:
SPECIAL CERTIFICATES:
Phytosanitary Certificates are required for fresh fruits, vegetables, grains etc.
MARKING OF GOODS:
No special regulations.
PACKING MATERIAL:
No restrictions except hay, straw and chaff are prohibited.
MARKING OF CASES:
No special regulations.
AIR FREIGHT:
Foregoing regulations apply. Airport with Customs facilities: Honiara Airport.
POSTAL PARCELS:
Foregoing regulations apply.
SAMPLES:
Samples of no commercial value may be imported duty free but those of value are subject to the foregoing regulations. Temporary importation may be allowed against a deposit or bond provided the samples are re-exported within a specified time.
BANKS:
Central Bank of Solomon Islands; National Bank of the Solomon Islands; ANZ Bank; HSBC.
DUTIES:
Tariff is based on the Harmonized System (H.S.). Special duties are charged on alcoholic beverages, tobacco, rice and sugar. There are no free ports or free trade zones in the Solomon Islands.

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