19-09-16: EU exempts Indonesian timber products from control

By Anya Palm

In an effort to minimize the amount of illegally logged wood coming into the market, the EU has strict rules for control on any timber product it imports. However, maintaining the regulations is time consuming and costly for both the EU and the exporting country.

This may be about to change: As the first country in the world, Indonesia will be exempt from scrutiny as the country in recent years has successfully implemented nationally carried out measures that the EU deems sufficient to ensure that Indonesian timber comes from legal sources.

The new regulations will become effective later this year and are expected to ease the trade and benefit local manufacturers.