Kiribati Market Entry

Kiribati Market Entry

The country’s relations with the EU

The EU Delegation in Fiji is locally responsible for Kiribati:
Address: Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Level 6, Tappoo City Complex, Corner of Scott & Usher St, Suva
Email: [email protected]
Postal address: Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Private Mail Bag, GPO Suva
Tel: ( + 679) 3313633
Fax: ( + 679) 3300370

Representation of the EU in the country

According to, the Republic of Kiribati is one of the oldest partners of the EU. The partnership agreement was signed already in 1979.

The country’s trade relations with the EU

Mutual trade between the EU and Kiribati is negligible. For the EU, Kiribati is a completely marginal partner (200th in total) – 205th in terms of imports and 199th in exports. The overall trade balance is positive for the EU and corresponds to EUR 16 million for the period 2013-2016, of which it has the largest share in this volume exports from the EU in 2013 (8 million EUR). Imports from Kiribati to the EU increased by 4.6% year-on-year in 2015-2016, while exports from the EU decreased by 9.6%. As far as the composition of imports is concerned, 65% are industrial goods and 35% fish products. Conversely, 71% of industrial and 29% of agricultural products were exported to Kiribati.

Provision of development funds and EU instruments

After Australia and Japan, the EU is the third largest aid provider in the region. Kiribati is one of the least developed island states in the Pacific, and its low-lying coral islands are extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Development aid therefore focuses mainly on improving living conditions on more remote islands.

Kiribati is a recipient of financial aid for development cooperation from the European Development Fund (EDF). 800 ml was allocated from this financial instrument within the framework of the multi-year programming period for the years 2014-2020 for the countries of the Pacific and overseas territories of the Union in the territory. EUR with a focus on 6 areas (climate resilience, climate change, infrastructure sustainability, economic growth, gender balance and regional integration. In the case of Kiribati, it is mainly the development of the island of Kiritimati. The allocation for this project is EUR 23 million, which is almost double the financial support compared to the previous program period.

Regional projects focus on fishing, risk management of natural disasters, tourism, trade, raw materials from the seabed and climate change.


Practical telephone numbers in the territory (emergency services, traffic police, firefighters, information lines, etc.)

  • Police: 992
  • Firefighters: 993
  • Emergency service: 994

Kiribati Market Entry