There are strict rules governing the transport of fruit, vegetables, flowers and other plants or seeds between islands, aimed at limiting the spread of diseases and parasites in the islands.
All plants and products of plant origin to be sent as cargo are subject to phytosanitary (plant health) control. You will be asked to present a phytosanitary certificate.
For departures from Tahiti, your products need to be presented at the office of the Plant Protection Department (Département de la Protection des Végétaux) in Motu Uta.
For departures from the other islands, you must present your items at the Rural Development Service (Service du Développement Rural).
Only the SDR officer who inspects your products has the authority to decide whether a phytosanitary treatment is necessary.
The treatment and the issue of the phytosanitary certificate are free of charge.
> For further information on phytosanitary control and treatment, click here.
The transport of durian is forbidden unless the fruit is peeled entirely, packaged in a waterproof plastic container and transported in a cooler.
The packaging protecting your plants and plant products must be sufficiently resistant to withstand other hold cargo. They must also be resistant to moisture, the plants giving off steam.
Flowers must be transported in a carton.
Air Tahiti sells a range of special packaging which you can use to send your plants and plant products.