EU and Australia outlaw illegal timber imports



Posted on 20 June 2013  | 
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In March, new laws governing timber imports into the European Union (EU) came into effect, requiring the 27 EU member states to identify the country of origin and legality of imported timber. A similar law is now also in place in Australia, modeled on the EU legislation. If effectively implemented, such legislation can achieve a major reduction in the amount of illegal timber imported every year into the EU, and take pressure off critical habitats, protect local forest community livelihoods and boost the legitimate timber trade, where independent certification according to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the best available guarantee of sustainable timber production.
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