Illegal logging

The European Union and Indonesia has confirmed that a new timber licence will come into effect later this year in an effort to combat illegal logging and associated illegal timber trade.

The FLEGT license, which meets the due diligence requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, will come into force from 15 November 2016 and will see Indonesia as the first country to begin exporting FLEGT-licensed timber products to the EU.

A new online resource has also been launched to help EU-based timber importers and traders understand FLEGT licensing. The website also provides definitions, terms of use, and advice for branding and communicating accurate, coherent information about FLEGT licences.

The agreement comes as break through milestone within the industry as the EU has, for the first time ever, exempted an entire country’s timber exports from the requirements of its EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), under the provision of the new FLEGT licence. has also confirmed that another 14 countries are negotiating or implementing Voluntary Partnership Agreement’s with the EU, with Ghana at an advanced stage.

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