The premier of Niue has agreed to delay the introduction of a new regime for businesses importing goods by ship.
The Chamber of Commerce had asked that higher charges not apply when the island is visited by a Matson's freighter this week.
Businesses also wanted a re-think on the scrapping of credit to pay the import duties - they had earlier been notified that the charges would have be paid prior to pick up.
Now Premier Sir Toke Talagi, communicating via Facebook, said the new prices won't apply until April and the government would work with proven payers on a scheme of limited credit.
Sir Toke said the government had brought in the change because some businesses just failed to pay.
He also said there was plenty of money floating about and the biggest beneficiaries were the private sector.
The premier said there is a lot of scope for new business ideas and options to be taken up.