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

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Canada Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2647 KBSeptember 2014-
Canada Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC299 KBSeptember 2014-
Canada Country Specific Guideline PDF21.1 MBSeptember 2014-
Canada Country Specific Guideline DOC21.5 MBSeptember 2014-

Finland Country Specific Guideline

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Finland Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2726 KBSeptember 2014-
Finland Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC2380 KBSeptember 2014-
Finland Country Specific Guideline PDF111.0 MBSeptember 2014-
Finland Country Specific Guideline DOC11467 KBSeptember 2014-

Indonesia Country Specific Guideline

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2286 KBOctober 2014October 2018
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC23.1 MBOctober 2014 October 2018
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline PDF241.0 MBOctober 2014 October 2018
Indonesia Country Specific Guideline DOC243.3 MBOctober 2014 October 2018

Italy Country Specific Guideline

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Italy Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2658 KBOctober 2014-
Italy Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC2218 KBOctober 2014-
Italy Country Specific Guideline PDF15947 KBOctober 2014-
Italy Country Specific Guideline DOC15345 KBOctober 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.

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2863 KBFebruary 2015March 2017
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOCX2560 KBFebruary 2015March 2017
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Peninsula PDF311.8 MBFebruary 2015March 2017
Malaysia Country Specific Guideline – Peninsula DOCX313.4 MBFebruary 2015March 2017
Country Specific Guideline – Sabah PDF413.9 MBFebruary 2015March 2017
Country Specific Guideline – Sabah DOCX4110.1 MBFebruary 2015March 2017
Country Specific Guideline – Sarawak PDF372.9 MBFebruary 2015March 2017
Country Specific Guideline – Sarawak DOC375.2 MBFebruary 2015March 2017

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New Zealand Country Specific Guideline

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2574 KBOctober 2014-
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC2317 KBOctober 2014-
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline PDF131.1 MBOctober 2014-
New Zealand Country Specific Guideline DOC13472 KBOctober 2014-

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Papua New Guinea

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2231 KBMarch 2016-
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC27.7 MBMarch 2016-
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline PDF282.0 MBMarch 2016-
Papua New Guinea Country Specific Guideline DOC287.0 MBMarch 2016-

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Republic of Korea

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF21.7 MBJune 2018-
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOCX23.2 MBJune 2018-
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline PDF29374 KBJune 2018-
Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline DOCX29 848 KBJune 2018-

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Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline

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Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide PDF2710 KBMay 2014-
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline – Quick Reference Guide DOC2781 KBMay 2014-
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline PDF281.1 MBMay 2014-
Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline DOC281.0 MBMay 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.

DocumentPagesFile size
Legality Compliance Toolkit PDF489.0 MB
Legality Compliance Toolkit Addendum PDF16656 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.

DocumentPagesFile size
AFA Timber Due Diligence Toolkit – Guidance Manual PDF42829 KB
AFA Timber Due Diligence Toolkit – Template for Importers PDF26596 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:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
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
2297 KBJuly 2014July 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
2118 KBJuly 2014July 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
2443 KBJuly 2014July 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
2117 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Indonesian / Indonesia

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Undang-Undang untuk memerangi penebangan liar - Informasi untuk importir
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2275 KBJuly 2014July 2016
Undang-Undang untuk memerangi penebangan liar - Informasi untuk importir
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2117 KBJuly 2014July 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
2447 KBJuly 2014July 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
2117 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Japanese / 日本語

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
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
2418 KBJuly 2014July 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
2117 KBJuly 2014July 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
2418 KBJuly 2014July 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
2117 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Korean / 한국어

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
불법 벌목 금지법 – 수입업체 안내 정보
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1– Information for importers PDF
2282 KBJuly 2014July 2016
불법 벌목 금지법 – 수입업체 안내 정보
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1– Information for importers DOCX
2118 KBJuly 2014July 2016
호주 불법 벌목법 – 호주 수출업체를 위한 정보 안내
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2442 KBJuly 2014July 2016
호주 불법 벌목법 – 호주 수출업체를 위한 정보 안내
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2118 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Malaysian / Malaysia

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Undang-undang terhadap pembalakan haram - Maklumat untuk pengimport
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2218 KBJuly 2016
Undang-undang terhadap pembalakan haram - Maklumat untuk pengimport
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2118 KBJuly 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
2404 KBJuly 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
2117 KBJuly 2016

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Spanish / Español

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
Leyes para combatir la tala ilegal – Información para importadores
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2245 KBJuly 2014July 2016
Leyes para combatir la tala ilegal – Información para importadores
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2118 KBJuly 2014July 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
2428 KBJuly 2014July 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
2118 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Thai / ไทย

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
กฎหมายต่อต้านการตัดไม้ที่ ผิดกฎหมาย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับผู้น��ำเข้า
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers PDF
2222 KBJuly 2014July 2016
กฎหมายต่อต้านการตัดไม้ที่ ผิดกฎหมาย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับผู้น��ำเข้า
Illegal logging factsheet 1.1 – Information for importers DOCX
2118 KBJuly 2014July 2016
กฎหมายการตัดไม้ที่ผิดกฎหมาย ของออสเตรเลีย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับ ธุรกิจที่ส่งออกไม้มายังออสเตรเลีย
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia PDF
2418 KBJuly 2014July 2016
กฎหมายการตัดไม้ที่ผิดกฎหมาย ของออสเตรเลีย – ข้อมูลส��ำหรับ ธุรกิจที่ส่งออกไม้มายังออสเตรเลีย
Illegal logging factsheet 1.4 – Information for businesses exporting to Australia DOCX
2118 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt

General factsheets:

DocumentPagesFile sizeReleasedRevised
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
2316 KBJuly 2014July 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
2117 KBJuly 2014July 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
2421 KBJuly 2014July 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
2119 KBJuly 2014July 2016

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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