Last year, on November 15, Indonesia became the first country to issue licenses under the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative.
And the first licensed cargoes have landed in Tilbury, UK.
The wood products were manufactured by Indonesian plywood, door blank and timber product producers arrived with 12 containers at the port. Currently, the cargoes are placed on the market by several UK importers while several were shipped to Liverpool.
To celebrate the arrival of the cargoes, an event was organised by the UK’s Indonesia embassy.
“I’d like to congratulate all stakeholders for their part in reaching this stage,” wrote European Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella in the guest column for the latest issue of TTJ about the FLEGT licensing first.
“In particular I’d like to thank the private sector, including in the UK, which has been integral to the FLEGT VPA initiative and where, I am reassured, the timber trade expresses continuing commitment to it and the EUTR post-Brexit.”
Source: Timber Trade Journal