The Jakarta Post
Following a press conference of the European Union (EU) Delegation and the Forestry Ministry on Jan. 22, 2013, many articles have been published in Indonesian media on new regulations being put in place by the EU and Indonesia on legal timber trade. The articulation of these regulations has not always been understood and I would like to provide clarifications on this issue.
Starting March 2013, the new EU Timber Regulation will apply. This regulation prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the EU market and it requires operators placing timber on the EU market to exercise due diligence in order to minimize the risk of illegal timber in the supply chain of the timber or timber product they buy.
These requirements apply to a wide range of timber products, whatever the country of origin —including EU countries. There are only 2 exceptions: products with a Fo...