Information for UK importers likely to be affected by the FLEGT-licensing regime
- The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation establishes rules for the import of timber products covered by Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries. Once VPAs are fully implemented, timber-exporting countries will issue FLEGT licences which verify the timber’s legality.
- In an announcement on 15 September, the European Commission confirmed that Indonesia will start to issue FLEGT licences to the EU on 15 November 2016.
- Timber and timber products with a valid FLEGT licence are regarded as being legally harvested under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). This means that importers of Indonesian wood product imports are not required to undertake further due diligence checks on the legality of those products to comply with the EUTR.
- The European Commission has developed the website www.flegtlicence.org as a FLEGT licence information point. It includes a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section.
- Following our discussions with industry we are developing a short Frequently Asked Questions document to address questions specific to licensing in the UK. We will make this available shortly.
- If you import FLEGT-licensed timber, you will be required to submit the electronic FLEGT licence for verification to Regulatory Delivery before the timber arrives in the UK.
We are pleased to inform you that we have reduced the fee applicable per licence, from £31 to £9.60. This reduced fee is now set in UK legislation. This is a cost recovery fee to cover the costs of the Government agencies involved in validating and processing FLEGT licences in the UK.
We are developing an electronic process for licenses to be submitted to us and will provide details in due course.
In the meantime, please:
- share this information with your relevant contacts;
- provide Regulatory Delivery, the UK FLEGT Competent Authority, with the contact details of any organisations/individuals that should be added to this distribution list for future updates; and
- contact Regulatory Delivery if you are aware of any events over the coming months that Regulatory Delivery could usefully attend to share information on UK FLEGT requirements.
You can contact Regulatory Delivery either at [email protected], or byemailing Yasmin Ataullah at [email protected]