May 2020 Message from Lead Consultant
V-Legal documents remain mandatory for Indonesian timber exports
After several rounds of negotiations, the relevant ministries in Indonesia agreed to suspend a Ministry of Trade regulation (15/2020) that would have made V-Legal documents for timber and timber product exports voluntary as of 27 May 2020. At the same time, Indonesia decided to increase financial support for SVLK certification of MSMEs, according to a report by foresthints.news. The relevant ministries – Environment and Forestry, Trade, Foreign Affairs and the Coordinating Ministry of Economy – decided to cooperate on future regulatory reform. Click here for more information.
IMM publishes H2/2019 summary newsletter
The latest IMM PDF newsletter summarising IMM activities and research undertaken or published in the second half of 2019 can now be found in the Resources section of the IMM website. Highlights covered include an update of VPA partner country trade to September 2019, which concludes that FLEGT-licensed products have recently been the biggest winners in the EU tropical wood market, summaries of several chapters of the IMM Annual Report and reports from the IMM Trade Consultation in Barcelona.
The newsletter also includes interviews with Keith Fryer on his company ecolabel that treats FLEGT-licensed and certified timber as equal and Lucy Kemall on the UK Timber Trade Federation's FLEGT promotion programme.