In an unexpected chain of events the amendments that would have made FSC and PEFC certified wood and paper products “deemed to comply” were rejected by the Senate on 8th February 2018. The Department has issued a statement here saying these amendments will no longer be implemented. This means that importers (and domestic processors) will still need to carry out the full due diligence process described in the Regulation even if you are buying FSC or PEFC certified product. Tha
While the end of the soft start compliance period on 1st January 2018 didn’t result in fines on New Years Day it has definitely focused many importers attention on complying with the due diligence requirements. Read on.