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January 16, 2019

I am available for customised Illegal Logging Due Diligence assistance or training workshops in Melbourne or Sydney.

Email us to request an advice/training request form.

The advice and training can cover any aspect of due diligence including:

  • Establ...

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

For wood products with multiple timber components – such as commonly the case with wood furniture - each component must be assessed for risk. For example, if an office table is made from MDF and wood veneer each wood component needs to be assessed fo...

January 11, 2019

FSC International continues to roll out the National Risk Assessments for their controlled wood system. The latest have been approved for UK, Uruguay and Russia with all wood harvested in UK rated as low risk of being illegally harvested.

That brings...

January 11, 2019

Due diligence for illegally logged wood is it is not always about having the right document or certificate. Some documents can also be easily falsified or misrepresented.

That is why we suggest that importers who visit the factories that make their pr...

January 11, 2019

It pays to verify.

It pays to verify! Doing some work recently for an Australian importer importing from a Chinese manufacturer we were sent a copy of a Chinese timber supplier's China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) COC certificate.

China’s CFCC...

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

If you are importing from Indonesia and using the Indonesian Country Specific Guideline for your risk assessment - a reminder that Indonesian VLK certificates can be verified on the Indonesian Government website. 

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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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