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Jakarta Post

Govt reneges on relaxing timber export rules

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  01:58 am

Indonesia has backtracked on a decision to relax export requirements for timber products months after issuing a deregulation policy that environmental groups criticized for threatening to put sustainable timber trade at risk.The Trade Ministry issued on May 11 a regulation annulling a previous regulation announced in February that scrapped the requirement for Indonesian companies to secure V-legal documents, which attest that the timber products being shipped came from legal sources.V-legal licensing has represented an important tool of the timber legality verification system (SVLK) managed by the Environment and Forestry Ministry, which has helped improve Indonesia’s reputation in global sustainable timber trade.The Trade Ministry previously defended its February decision, which was supposed to take effect on May 27, by saying that it only regulated the export requirements for timber ...