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 purchased needs to be certified to be regarded as low risk using this method of risk assessment as CoC certification doesn't mean a product is certified.
While this is the case we still find CoC certification very useful for due di
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 2012. Some changes are a result of feedback from users and ATIF’s work with importers on undertaking due diligence – particularly information gathering and risk assessment. Other changes have been flagged by the Department of Agricu
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!). Beng (Afzelia xylocarpa), Thnong (Pterocarpus macrocarpus) and Kra Nhung (Dalberigia Cochinchinensis) are among the rarest and most coveted varieties of wood in the region. Kra Nhung, or Siamese rosewood, has also been designat
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 value threshold from $1,000 to $10,000, establishing simplified 'deemed to comply' arrangements by regulation and better education and support for industry compliance. They will also be extending the initial ‘soft-start’ compliance