BEIS issues information pack on FLEGT licensing
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued an information pack explaining how FLEGT-licensing regime works and how it could affect UK timber importers.
- The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation establishes rules for the import of timber products covered by Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries. Once VPAs are fully implemented, timber-exporting countries will issue FLEGT licences which verify the timber’s legality.
- In an announcement on 15 September, the European Commission confirmed that Indonesia will start to issue FLEGT licences to the EU on 15 November 2016.
- Timber and timber products with a valid FLEGT licence are regarded as being legally harvested under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). This means that importers of Indonesian wood product imports are not required to undertake further due diligence checks on the legality of those products to comply with the EUTR.
- The European Commission has developed the website www.flegtlicence.org as a FLEGT licence information point. It includes a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section.
- Following BEIS discussions with industry, the Department is developing a short Frequently Asked Questions document to address questions specific to licensing in the UK. The document will be available shortly.
- If you import FLEGT-licensed timber, you will be required to submit the electronic FLEGT licence for verification to Regulatory Delivery before the timber arrives in the UK.
The fee applicable per licence has been reduced from £31 to £9.60. This reduced fee is now set in UK legislation. This is a cost recovery fee to cover the costs of the Government agencies involved in validating and processing FLEGT licences in the UK.
BEIS is also developing an electronic process for licenses to be submitted directly to it. More details will be provided in due course.