Export Market Guide - New Caledonia

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All regulatory information for exporting wine to New Caledonia, including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

New Caledonia is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean about 1,500 km off the east coast of Australia. New Caledonia is a prosperous economy and has the second highest GDP in the pacific region.

New Caledonia is a French overseas country (sui generis collectivity), occupying a special position within the French Republic. New Caledonian citizens are also European citizens owing to their French citizenship and are entitled to vote in French and European elections. However, New Caledonia is not part of the EU or the Customs territory or the Schengen area. New Caledonia is a member of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) which includes special member state territories of the EU.

In May 1998, France and New Caledonia signed the Nouméa Accord which transferred powers to New Caledonia enabling them to pass their own legislation in areas including labour law, insurance law, taxation, foreign investments and natural resources. The Accords allow for the progressive transfer of powers in other areas including civil and commercial law which occurred in 2012. These laws create a complex system that provides for the allocation of powers between France, New Caledonia and its three Provinces.

Regulatory environment

New Caledonia is an associated non-European territory of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Such overseas countries and territories (OCT) are dependent territories but are not part of the EU or the Single Market. The Noumea Accord 1998 sets out the distribution of powers between France and New Caledonia. The organisation of New Caledonia is laid down in Organic Law No 99-209 of 19 March 1999.

The Direction des Affaires Vétérinaires, Alimentaires et Rurales has responsibility for imported food and food safety. Applicable laws include Order No. 83-545/CG of 9 November 1983 on the Rules for Labelling and Presentation of Goods and Deliberation No. 155 of 29 December 1998 on the Safety of Food. The Direction Régionale Des Douanes De Nouvelle-Calédonie is responsible for administering the Customs Code of New Caledonia and its various regulations.

Import procedures for the New Caledonia market

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Duties and Taxes for the New Caledonia Market

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Labelling requirements for the New Caledonia market

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Wine standards in the New Caledonia market

In the absence of specific wine standards applying in New Caledonia, exporters should comply with the provisions of French law. Applicable standards are therefore European Union wine regulations.

Refer to the EU Export Market Guide for information on wine standards.

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