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Getting Started
February 16, 2022

Exporting to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Papua New Guinea as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

The Embassy helps U.S. companies do business in Papua New Guinea by finding distributors, representatives and end users for U.S. products and services. This section provides practical steps and resources to help you.

  1. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts. The Library Includes:
  • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
  • Industry Overviews*
  • Market Updates*
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports*
  • Best Markets*
  • Industry/Regional Reports*
  1. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Papua New Guinea. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You
  2. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Investing in Papua New Guinea

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Papua New Guinea, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.

If you are a current U.S. investor in Papua New Guinea, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Papua New Guinea, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
    • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
    • Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.
    • Set up a meeting with our Economic team to discuss any issues that arise.

Working in Papua New Guinea

Business Visas
Please refer to the Papua New Guinea Embassy Washington DC website.

Travel Advisories
Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Papua New Guinea.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.  More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found online.

More information can be found on the FCPA website.