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Illegal Logging Due Diligence Guidance and Tools Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
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Importers of nearly all timber products and domestic processors of raw logs will be required to exercise due diligence for illegally-logged timber from 30 November 2014.

Accordingly, TDA has spent the latter half of 2013 developing guidance and tools for importers and domestic processors to set up due-diligence systems to minimise the risk of timber having been illegally harvested.

The guidance and tools were developed as the second stage of a two-stage project titled "Demonstrating legal wood products: Industry benchmarking and due diligence guidance", supported by the timber industry and the Australian Department of Agriculture via Forest and Wood Products Australia.

TDA worked with the Australian Government and industry associations representing importers and domestic sawmills to ensure that importers and domestic processors will be able to use several methods to ensure compliance.

It is now clear that for the majority of imports which are from low risk areas and low risk species only minimal diligence will be needed. For imports from higher risk areas and species the use of certification schemes—such as Australian Forestry Standards, other PEFC recognised schemes or FSC and other specific timber legality systems—will be recognised as best practice for mitigating any risk that the timber products have been illegally harvested.

The guidance and tools will shortly be available for free download from www.timberduediligence.com.au.