June 2018 Message from Lead Consultant
Nantes Trade Consultation – VPA implementation in Africa at centre stage
Of the three workshops held during the IMM/ATIBT Nantes Trade Consultation the one on “Impacts of FLEGT VPAs on trading with Central African countries” was the most popular by far. EU operators used the opportunity to explain that in spite of VPA implementation processes they still feel they are having to put suppliers in VPA-engaged African countries through as searching due diligence as ever to comply with the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation. And, they say, this can be a time-consuming, arduous business. In this vein, they called for more information as to whether VPA processes prior to FLEGT licensing can in anyway simplify or streamline EUTR due diligence procedure.
Operators also said they wished that Competent Authorities would provide importers with more guidance, ideally a “checklist of legality evidence” required from supplier countries.
The full report on the Africa workshop as well as the two other workshops and the Nantes Trade Consultation overall will soon be published on the IMM website. An important lesson learned for IMM from the French Consultation was that the need for discussion and information exchange among colleagues and with experts seems greater than interest in presentations. The next IMM Trade Consultation – provisionally planned in Germany in the autumn - will therefore put an even stronger focus on the workshop part.
Le bulletin IMM en français est maintenant disponible
La première traduction en français du Bulletin IMM (édition printemps 2018) est maintenant disponible dans la section Downloads du site Web IMM. C'est une traduction à l'identique de l'édition anglaise publiée en mai.