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Jakarta Post

Plywood exports seen rising by 20% in 2017

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 16 2016   /  09:35 am

Wood exporters are targeting a significant increase in plywood shipments to European and British markets next year as they delivered products with a license certifying their products as legally sourced for the first time on Tuesday.

The value of domestic plywood exports to the major markets is expected to climb by at least 20 percent from this year’s figures thanks to the newly introduced license, according to Indonesian Wood Panel Association (Apkindo).

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) license, which supplements the national timber legality assurance system (SVLK) applied earlier, will exempt Indonesian timber products, including plywood, from European scrutiny over illegal logging.

The FLEGT certificate will bring fresh air to the forestry sector as Indonesian wood products have been stigmatized as being sourced from irregular logging p...