Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012
The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 came into effect on Friday 30 November and it is now a criminal offence to knowingly, intentionally or recklessly:
- import illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia or
- process Australian raw logs that have been harvested illegally.
The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 is intended to support Australia's commitment to promote the trade of legally harvested timber and will be applied consistently regardless of the origin of the timber or timber product. The legislation is also understood to be consistent with Australia's international trade obligations and it is envisaged that it will reduce the negative environmental, social and economic impact(s) of illegal logging.
Over the next six months a set of Regulations will be developed to detail the steps that importers and processors should take to ensure the legality of the product received. The Regulations and the resultant obligations for importers and processors to undertake due diligence will commence from November 2014.
AFS Ltd is participating in the development of the Regulations and will be endeavouring to ensure that AFS and PEFC forest management and chain of custody certification are given due recognition and can be used by businesses to meet their obligations under the legislation.