Resources for importers

Here you will find a range of resources that can help with your due diligence process. This page will be updated as new resources become available.

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Country Specific Guidelines

Country Specific Guidelines (CSGs) outline the legal frameworks used in other countries to regulate timber harvesting. This information can help with your due diligence.
A CSG must be used if you are using the Country Specific Guideline risk assessment method.

Each CSG is accompanied by a Quick Reference Guide. This provides a high level overview of the CSG’s content.

We continue to work with our trading partners to develop CSGs. New CSGs will be added to this page as they are finalised.

Canada Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Canada Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 647 KB September 2014 -
Canada Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC 2 99 KB September 2014 -
Canada Country Specific Guideline PDF 2 1.1 MB September 2014 -
Canada Country Specific Guideline DOC 2 1.5 MB September 2014 -

Chile Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Chile Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 694 KB July 2020 -
Chile Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOCX 2 581 KB July 2020 -
Chile Country Specific Guideline PDF 22 1.1 MB July 2020 -
Chile Country Specific Guideline DOCX 22 717 KB July 2020 -

Finland Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Finland Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 3 746 KB September 2014 July 2020
Finland Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC 3 709 KB September 2014 July 2020
Finland Country Specific Guideline PDF 14 1.1 MB September 2014 July 2020
Finland Country Specific Guideline DOC 14 860 KB September 2014 July 2020

Indonesia Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 286 KB October 2014 October 2018
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC 2 3.1 MB October 2014 October 2018
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline PDF 24 1.0 MB October 2014 October 2018
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline DOC 24 3.3 MB October 2014 October 2018

Italy Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Italy Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 658 KB October 2014 -
Italy Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC 2 218 KB October 2014 -
Italy Country Specific Guideline PDF 15 947 KB October 2014 -
Italy Country Specific Guideline DOC 15 345 KB October 2014 -

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Malaysia

Malaysia’s forestry and timber industry operates in three defined regions; Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak. To assist importers, a Country Specific Guideline is available for each region. The Quick Reference Guide covers all three regions.

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 568 KB February 2015 July 2020
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOCX 2 654 KB February 2015 July 2020
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Peninsula PDF 35 2.3 MB February 2015 July 2020
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Peninsula DOCX 35 2.9 MB February 2015 July 2020
Country Specific Guideline – Sabah PDF 42 2.1 MB February 2015 July 2020
Country Specific Guideline – Sabah DOCX 42 6.2 MB February 2015 July 2020
Country Specific Guideline – Sarawak PDF 34 3.9 MB February 2015 July 2020
Country Specific Guideline – Sarawak DOCX 34 6.7 MB February 2015 July 2020

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New Zealand Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 3 652 KB October 2014 July 2020
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOCX 3 604 KB October 2014 July 2020
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline PDF 16 1.1 MB October 2014 July 2020
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline DOCX 16 1.3 MB October 2014 July 2020

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Papua New Guinea

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 231 KB March 2016 -
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC 2 7.7 MB March 2016 -
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline PDF 28 2.0 MB March 2016 -
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline DOC 28 7.0 MB March 2016 -

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Republic of Korea

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 1.7 MB June 2018 -
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOCX 2 3.2 MB June 2018 -
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline PDF 29 374 KB June 2018 -
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline DOCX 29 848 KB June 2018 -

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Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF 2 710 KB May 2014 -
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC 2 781 KB May 2014 -
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline PDF 28 1.1 MB May 2014 -
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline DOC 28 1.0 MB May 2014 -

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Industry generated guidance materials

The Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF) have developed a Legality Compliance Toolkit. This can be used with the information on our website to help you understand and comply with your due diligence obligations. It also provides several useful templates for carrying out your due diligence.

An Addendum updating the main Toolkit was released in 2016. This clarifies and corrects a number of issues with the Toolkit, including updating some of its templates. The two documents should be used together.

Document Pages File size
Legality Compliance Toolkit PDF 48 9.0 MB
Legality Compliance Toolkit Addendum PDF 16 656 KB

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The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) have developed a Furnishing Industry Timber Due Diligence Toolkit. This can be used with the information on our website to help you understand and comply with your due diligence obligations. It also provides several useful templates for carrying out your due diligence.

Document Pages File size
AFA Timber Due Diligence Toolkit – Guidance Manual PDF 42 829 KB
AFA Timber Due Diligence Toolkit – Template for Importers PDF 26 596 KB

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Online Resources

A number of third parties have published materials that can be used to inform your due diligence process. We have included a selection below.

How you use these resources is up to you. However, you need to be aware that you cannot rely on a third party risk assessment to satisfy your due diligence obligations. You still need to undertake your own due diligence process.

If you do use these resources, you should be aware that the information on these websites represents the views of a third party and may not be accurate, up to date, or relevant to your due diligence process.

If you have questions about the information in these resources, you should contact the publisher directly.

Australian Government – Smart Traveller
An online resource provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This website includes assessments of civil unrest, terrorism and armed conflict.

Australia Government – Trading in endangered species
The Department of Environment and Energy is responsible for regulating the trade in endangered plants and animals into and out of Australia. Their website provides advice on the regulatory requirements associated with trading in endangered timber species.

International Union for Conservation of Nature – Redlist of Threatened Species
The IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species lists plants and animals that are facing a high risk of global extinction. This includes information on geographical ranges and potential vulnerability to illegal logging.

Chatham House – Illegal Logging Portal
The Illegal Logging Portal provides information on the trade in illegal timber. This includes an overview of emerging issues and developments, reports, and a searchable database of global news articles.

Forest Legality Alliance – Forest Products Risk Tool
The Forest Legality Alliance website provides resources to help businesses source legal timber products. This includes a listing of current logging and export bans; country and species specific risk information; and a sustainable procurement guide.

World Resources Institute – Global Forest Watch
The Global Forest Watch website hosts geographical datasets that can be used to analyse and identify illegal logging, including forest change, forest cover and forest use data. The site has concession maps (including names of licensees) for logging and plantation concessions in many countries.

NEPCON – Timber sourcing hub
NEPCON’s timber sourcing hub includes national timber legality risk assessments with information on the risks associated with a particular country, and advice on mitigating actions.

NEPCON – Guide to identifying fake documents
NEPCON has produced a guide to identifying fake timber documentation. This includes examples of forged documents, ways of distinguishing between genuine and fake documents, and advice on what to do if you encounter fake documents.

European Timber Trade Federation – Timber Trade Portal
The Timber Trade Portal includes country profiles outlining timber trade; forestry frameworks; relevant documents; and key points of contact.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – Public Search Database
The FSC maintains a database with information about certificate holders, logo and label users, certified products, and so on. This information can be used to help verify FSC certification claims.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – Public Search Database
The PEFC maintains a database with relevant information about certificate holders, logo and label users, certified products, and so on. This information can be used to help verify PEFC certification claims.

Transparency International – Corruption Perception Index
The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. A low CPI ranking (less than 50) could suggest that a country’s forestry governance arrangements are vulnerable to illegal logging.

Google – Alerts Function
Google alerts is a free service that allows you to monitor online activity for particular search terms. Alerts established for common terms such as ‘illegal logging’, or more specific regions or timber species, can help keep you abreast of emerging issues.

*Disclaimer: The provision of the links to these Third Party Resources does not in any way affect or modify the requirements under Australia’s illegal logging laws. Accessing these resources does not constitute specific compliance with any particular due diligence requirement or other requirements under the laws. The resources are provided solely for your information, if you wish to access them.

The Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy, currency or completeness of any of the Third Party Resources, and expressly disclaims liability for any loss or damage whether due to negligence or otherwise however caused that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the Third Party Resources.

The Third Party Resources are provided for the information of the reader only and should not in any way be construed as an endorsement of any website, publication, resource, organisation or product by the Commonwealth. Conversely, the fact that a particular website, publication, resource, organisation or product is not included should not be taken as any indication of the Commonwealth’s opinion of that website, publication, resource organisation or product.

Neither the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources nor the Commonwealth can accept any responsibility for the content of any material that may be encountered in the Third Party Resources.

Translated fact sheets

We have prepared factsheets in the languages of several of our trading partners. These provide an overview of an importer and overseas supplier’s obligations under the illegal logging laws.

They can be used to educate your suppliers on your responsibilities under the illegal logging laws.

Chinese / 中文

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
打击非法采伐的相关法律 - 进口商须知
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 297 KB July 2014 July 2016
打击非法采伐的相关法律 - 进口商须知
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016
澳大利亚打击非法采伐的相关法律– 面向澳大利亚的出口商须知
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 443 KB July 2014 July 2016
澳大利亚打击非法采伐的相关法律– 面向澳大利亚的出口商须知
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 117 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Indonesian / Indonesia

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Undang-Undang untuk memerangi penebangan liar - Informasi untuk importir
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 275 KB July 2014 July 2016
Undang-Undang untuk memerangi penebangan liar - Informasi untuk importir
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 117 KB July 2014 July 2016
Undang-Undang penebangan liar Australia - Informasi untuk perusahaan yang mengekspor ke Australia
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 447 KB July 2014 July 2016
Undang-Undang penebangan liar Australia - Informasi untuk perusahaan yang mengekspor ke Australia
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 117 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Japanese / 日本語

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
違法伐採に対する法律 – 輸入業者向けの情報 -

Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 418 KB July 2014 July 2016
違法伐採に対する法律 – 輸入業者向けの情報 -

Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 117 KB July 2014 July 2016
オーストラリアの違法伐採禁止法 – オーストラリアへ輸出する企業のための情報
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 418 KB July 2014 July 2016
オーストラリアの違法伐採禁止法 – オーストラリアへ輸出する企業のための情報
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 117 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Korean / 한국어

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
불법 벌목 금지법 – 수입업체 안내 정보
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1– Information for importers PDF
2 282 KB July 2014 July 2016
불법 벌목 금지법 – 수입업체 안내 정보
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1– Information for importers DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016
호주 불법 벌목법 – 호주 수출업체를 위한 정보 안내
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 442 KB July 2014 July 2016
호주 불법 벌목법 – 호주 수출업체를 위한 정보 안내
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Malaysian / Malaysia

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Undang-undang terhadap pembalakan haram - Maklumat untuk pengimport
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 218 KB July 2016  
Undang-undang terhadap pembalakan haram - Maklumat untuk pengimport
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 118 KB July 2016  
Undang-undang Australia untuk memerangi pembalakan haram - Maklumat untuk perniagaan mengeksport ke Australia
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 404 KB July 2016  
Undang-undang Australia untuk memerangi pembalakan haram - Maklumat untuk perniagaan mengeksport ke Australia
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 117 KB July 2016  

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Spanish / Español

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Leyes para combatir la tala ilegal – Información para importadores
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 245 KB July 2014 July 2016
Leyes para combatir la tala ilegal – Información para importadores
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016
Leyes de Australia para combatir la tala ilegal – Información para empresas que exportan a Australia
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 428 KB July 2014 July 2016
Leyes de Australia para combatir la tala ilegal – Información para empresas que exportan a Australia
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Thai / ไทย

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
กฎหมายต่อต้านการตัดไม้ที่ ผิดกฎหมาย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับผู้น��ำเข้า
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 222 KB July 2014 July 2016
กฎหมายต่อต้านการตัดไม้ที่ ผิดกฎหมาย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับผู้น��ำเข้า
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016
กฎหมายการตัดไม้ที่ผิดกฎหมาย ของออสเตรเลีย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับ ธุรกิจที่ส่งออกไม้มายังออสเตรเลีย
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 418 KB July 2014 July 2016
กฎหมายการตัดไม้ที่ผิดกฎหมาย ของออสเตรเลีย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับ ธุรกิจที่ส่งออกไม้มายังออสเตรเลีย
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 118 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt

General factsheets:

Document Pages File size Released Revised
Các luật lệ bài trừ nạn khai thác gỗ bất hợp pháp – Thông tin dành cho nhà nhập khẩu
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2 316 KB July 2014 July 2016
Các luật lệ bài trừ nạn khai thác gỗ bất hợp pháp – Thông tin dành cho nhà nhập khẩu
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2 117 KB July 2014 July 2016
Luật lệ về khai thác gỗ bất hợp pháp của Úc – Thông tin dành cho doanh nghiệp xuất khẩu sang Úc
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2 421 KB July 2014 July 2016
Luật lệ về khai thác gỗ bất hợp pháp của Úc – Thông tin dành cho doanh nghiệp xuất khẩu sang Úc
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2 119 KB July 2014 July 2016

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Last reviewed: 14 August 2020
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