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December 7, 2017

The European Commission has released a report on the effectiveness of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) over the two years since commencement. The Commission found progress, but more effort needed from Member States and private sector. Substantive chan...

December 7, 2017

If a business in Sydney you know of disposes of large quantities of wood off-cuts, pallets, crates, skids or dunnage - contact us to help. Waste disposal costs in Sydney are the most expensive in the country and recycling is usually a far cheaper opt...

December 7, 2017

The European Timber Trade Federation has recently launched a new online tool ‘Gateway to international Timber Trade’ to assist international timber traders with information on the forest industry, legal timber trade, country requirements and export t...

December 7, 2017

In October 2015 the Department issued a compliance advice note on using FSC and PEFC chain-of-custody (CoC) certification for the risk assessment phase of due diligence on their imports. The note (which can be found here) clarifies that a product pur...

December 7, 2017

In late 2015 Lumber Liquidators - the largest hardwood flooring retailer in the United States - pleaded guilty to violations of the U.S. Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in illegally sourced and traded plant products. To date they have paid over US$1...

December 7, 2017

An addendum to the Australian Timber Importers Federation's (ATIF)  Legality Toolkit has been finalised. The addendum clarifies some compliance matters and related due diligence requirements of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation 201...

December 7, 2017

Cambodia is now reported to be the largest exporter of timber into Vietnam. Over half the volume is comprised of Beng, Thnong and Kra Nhung timbers (as they are known in Cambodia - their common names in other south east Asian countries are different!...

December 7, 2017

The Australian Government has released KPMGs Independent review of the impact of the illegal logging regulations on small business. The Government has given in-principle support to its recommendations including increasing the individual consignment v...

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