17 March 2017
Who does this notice affect?
The illegal logging laws affect businesses that import regulated timber and timber products of specific Customs tariff codes within Chapters 44 (wood and wood articles), 47 (pulp), 48 (paper and paperboard) and 94 (furniture) into Australia.
What has changed?
The Illegal Logging Compliance Statement and the Illegal Logging Compliance Plan 2017 have now been published on the department’s website.
The compliance statement outlines the department’s approach to the management of compliance in illegal logging. The statement explains the department’s approach to encourage voluntary compliance and respond to non-compliance in a way that is commensurate with the behaviours of those involved.
The compliance plan outlines the department’s plan for managing illegal logging compliance risks and assessments in 2017. The two main activities the department will be focusing on are:
- building the intelligence knowledge base on risks associated with certain pathways and products; and
- to raise awareness of laws and provide improved guidance material in order to assist importers and domestic processors to comply with the requirements.
In addition the Illegal Logging Compliance Assessment Report, which outlines the department’s findings from the initial compliance assessments, has also been published with these documents.
These documents can be viewed on the department’s webpage at Compliance.
You can direct any questions regarding your obligations under the illegal logging laws to ILCA or by phoning the department on 1800 657 313.