Indonesian President declares SVLK legality verification only necessary for upstream sectors

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has responded positively to complaints from furniture entrepreneurs about the national timber legality verification system (SVLK) and promised to simplify the system.

This was in response to statements from the Chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association (HIMKI), who pointed out that it should be enough that SVLK verification is conducted for upstream raw material sourcing. If downstream enterprises also have to secure SVLK certification this is a duplication, it increases costs and undermines competitiveness of downstream companies.

Indonesian media has reported the president’s reaffirmation that this will be dealt with, and that SVLK certification for upstream processes will be all that is required. It is reported that he called on his administration to simplify SVLK legality verification in a bid to encourage local businesses to invest and increase exports.

In other news, President Joko Widodo, in answer to questions after reviewing the International Furniture Expo (IFEX) 2019, heaped praise on the county’s furniture producers, saying he was impressed with progress made in terms of design and quality pledging to support R&D in technology, design and also on raw material issues.

He acknowledged that there remain many issues to be addressed such as the supply of raw materials at competitive prices as well as the sustained availability of raw materials.