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November 24, 2019

When it comes to straightforward compliance with the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation the focus is usually on the FSC forest certification scheme. However, the other sustainable forest certification and labelling system that is accep...

November 11, 2019

I am as guilty as any in posting articles on LinkedIn about illegal logging of wood. This may give the impression illegal logging is rampant around the world.

The reality is that in many parts of the globe wood is legally harvested day in and day out....

November 11, 2019

The Australian Department of Agriculture has provided the following information in their Illegal logging laws e-update #29.

Since early 2015, the Department has been conducting regular compliance audits of businesses' due diligence systems. Audited bu...

January 15, 2019

A Queensland based timber business has been the first importer issued with an infringement notice for $12,600. Details are scant, but we do know that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has now audited over 600 businesses and this penal...

January 11, 2019

China is one of the largest importers of US hardwoods and the current dispute is resulting in reduced imports from the US.

Timber from the USA is low risk of being illegally logged so Australian importers of furniture and flooring using US hardwoods s...

January 11, 2019

A written due diligence system is a requirement of the Regulation and it must include some essential elements about your business and the person responsible for due diligence. See the Department’s guidance on what must be included here.

It must also i...

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