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  • Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 ( No.166,2012) FAQs +

    What is it?

    Illegal logging costs around USD60 billion globally each year and directly threatens timber jobs and businesses by undercutting the price of legally logged timber. Not only that, it has serious environmental impacts.

    The Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (AILPA) 2012, is designed to promote the trade in legally harvested timber and timber products in Australia. The Act aims to reduce the harmful environmental, social and economic impacts of illegal logging.This legislation supports Australia’s commitment to promote the global trade of legally harvested timber which is in line with the European Union and the US, who have also taken action to prohibit the trade of illegally harvested timber.

    The Act received Royal Assent on 28 November 2012 and it provides for:

    (a) criminal offences for importing illegally logged timber, importing illegally logged timber in regulated timber products, and the domestic processing of Australian grown illegally logged raw logs 

    (b) civil offences for not complying with due diligence requirements– and the requirement to provide a declaration to the Customs Minister at the time of import

    (c) due diligence requirements relating to auditing and taking remedial action in prescribed circumstances.

    (d) monitoring, investigation and enforcement powers including civil penalty orders and an infringement notice scheme.

    When is it in effect?

    The Act,which gives high level of prohibition on importing or processing illegally logged timber, is NOW in effect. However the regulations that outline the operational framework for importers and processors will come into effect after 30 November 2014, including due diligence processes and a detailed list of products that will be subject to the regulations. Furthermore, from that date:

    (a) importers of regulated timber products and processors of raw logs will be required to conduct due diligence in order to reduce the risk that illegally logged timber is imported or processed

    (b) importers of regulated timber products must provide declarations, at the time of import, to the Customs Minister that they have undertaken due diligence.

    The government will table regulations before the end of May 2013 to allow industry sufficient time to establish due diligence systems and processes.

    Who does this legislation affect? 

    Australian importers of timber or timber products and Australian processors of domestically grown raw logs by placing requirements on them to ensure the logs are legally harvested. It also affects Malaysian business owners who regularly export their timber and timber products to Australia.

    What are my responsibilities as an importer or processor?

    It is now a criminal offence to import illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia or to process Australian raw logs that have been harvested illegally. Australian importers and processors must not knowingly, intentionally or recklessly import or process illegally logged timber.

    If you receive information that timber is illegally logged, believe the timber is illegally logged or are made aware that there is a substantial risk that the timber was illegally logged;be aware that penalties may apply if the timber or timber product is in fact illegally logged.

    There are no other requirements that importers and domestic processors are obliged to meet until detailed regulations are implemented, which will come into effect from 30 November 2014 in which the Act becomes law.

    What penalties can be applied under this legislation?

    Penalties are at the discretion of a court; the maximum penalties that may be applied currently are:

    (a) five years imprisonment, and/or

    (b) AU$ 55 000 for an individual, and/or

    (c) AU$ 275 000 for a corporation or body corporate.

    The illegal logging legislation defines these penalties as ‘penalty units’. The Crimes Act 1914 currently sets the value of one penalty unit at AU$ 110.

    How does the legislation meet Australia’s international trading obligations?

    Australia introduced the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (AILPA) 2012 to aid international efforts to promote legal timber trade. This reflects both Australia’s commitment to restrict the trade in illegal timber and equivalent legislation being introduced or developed in the European and United States markets.

    This legislation is consistent with Australia’s trade obligations and supports Australia’s commitment to promote the trade of legally harvested timber.

    How the regulations are going to be drafted?

    Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF) is planning to have four face to face interactive workshops as well as two working group meetings. DAFF will also issue a working issue paper before each workshop. The dates are as shown in Table 1:

    Table 1: List of Dates and Venue for Drafting of Australia Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012

    No. Event Date issues Paper Available on DAFF website Date of Face-to-Face Drafting Workshop Venue of Drafting workshop Malaysian Working Group Discussion
    a Drafting Workshop on regulated Products  12Dec2012  19Dec2012  Sydney  19Dec2012(Mon),11am,MTIB
    b  Drafting Workshop on Due Diligence  16Jan2013  30Jan2013  Melbourne  18Jan2013(Fri),3pm,MTIB.MTC
    c  Working Group Meeting  -  13Feb2013  Canberra  13Feb2013(Wed),7am,MTC
    d  Drafting Workshop on Monitoring Compliance and Reporting  20Feb2013  27Feb2013  Sydney  22Feb2013(Wed),MTIB
    e  Drafting Workshop on Regulations Package  13Mar2013  27Mar2013  Canberra  19Mar2013(Tue),2.30pm,MTIB
    f  Working Group Meeting  -  13Feb2013  Canberra  13Feb2013(Wed),7am,MTC

    *To Be Confirmed

    What do Australia’s trading partners need to do?

    The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 does not regulate Australia’s trading partners. The Act places no legal obligations on Australia’s trading partners, it only places requirements on Australian importers and processors and seeks to minimise the risk of illegal timber being placed on the Australian market.

    What is Malaysia’s Action Plan?

    No. Name Agency/Ministry
    1  Mr. Low Yew Eng  Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities (MPIC)
    2  Ms. Hajah Robiyah Husin  Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)
    3  Mr. Mohd Fadza Ishak  Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)
    4  Y. Bhg. Datuk Yeo Heng Hau  Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)
    5  Ms. Alexis Chang  Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)
    6  Ms. Siti Syaliza Mustapha  Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)
    7  Mr. Roslan Junaidi  Forestry Department of Sabah (FDS)
    8  Mr. Subari Suparlan  Forestry Department of Sabah (FDS)
    9  Mr. Hamden Hj. Mohammad  Sarawak Forest Department (SFD)
    10  Mdm. Dayang Nena Abg Bruce  Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC)
    11 Mr. Ong T. Hiu  Malaysian Wood Moulding and Joinery Council (MWMJC)
    12  Mr. Vincent Foo  Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers Association (MPMA)
    13  Mr. Tan Chong Yin  Malaysian Furniture Industry Council (MFIC)
    14  Mr. Nelson Tan Meng Seng  Malaysian Furniture Industry Council (MFIC)
    15  Mr. Goh Chee Yew  Malaysian Wood Industries Association (MWIA)
    16  Mrs. S.K. Pang  Malaysian Wood Industries Association (MWIA)
    17  Mr. Wong Kar Wai  Timber Exporters’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM)
    18  Mr. Alex Lau  Timber Exporters’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM)
    19  Mrs. Juliana Yu  Timber Exporters’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM)
    20  Mr. Hj Wahab Razak  Persatuan Pengusaha Kayu-Kayan Dan Perabot Bumiputra Malaysia (PEKA)
    21  Mr. Hilmi Awang  Persatuan Pengusaha Kayu-Kayan Dan Perabot Bumiputra Malaysia (PEKA)
    22  Mr. Stephen Chaw Zie Shing  Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA)
    23  Mr. Tan Peng Juan  Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA)
    24  Mdm. Annie Ting  Sarawak Timber Association (STA)

    The Malaysian working group will discuss on all the related issue papers available on the DAFF website on the dates and venue shown in Table 1 before entering into the workshop session. Malaysia will be attending all the related drafting workshops and the working group discussion via teleconference as well as attending all the face to face drafting workshops held in Australia.

    What can you do to help?

    You can download on the drafting paper upon its released on the DAFF website and provide comments to MPIC/MTIB or to your industry representatives to be discussed on the dates as shown in the above table before the Malaysian working group discussion.

    You may also disseminate any information concerning this Act to other interested companies. Upon enforcement of the Act, any timbers or timber products that are suspected to be illegally logged will not be made available to the Australian market.

    Further enquiries?

    Please contact the following:

    Sunita Muhamad (Ms)
    Senior Assistant Director Licensing 
    Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)
    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tel: 603 – 9282 2235 ext 1215
    Fax: 603 – 9285 1744

    Or 

    Zaliha Abu Samah (Ms)
    Assistant Director International Market
    Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)
    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tel: 603 – 9282 2235 ext. 1286
    Fax: 603 – 9285 1477

    For more information, you may to refer to Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) website at http://www.daff.gov.au/forestry/international/illegal-logging

    Are you exporting or plan to export timber and timber products to Australia?

    If yes, please click here for more information

    *Source: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Australia

  • COUNTRY SPECIFIC GUIDELINE FOR MALAYSIA (PENINSULAR) +

    This guideline has been prepared by the Australian Government and the Government of Malaysia. It is intended to assist businesses importing regulated timber products from Malaysia into Australia in understanding the regulatory framework in Malaysia in order for them to carry out their due diligence obligations under the Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation 2013, which supports the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012.

     

    Click here for details CSG Peninsular.

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  • Local Workforce In The Timber And Furniture +

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    INTRODUCTION

    Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia. MTIB is responsible for the development of the timber industry. To ensure that the industry will continue to contribute to the national economy, The National Timber Industry Policy (NATIP) was developed as a guideline for the development of the Malaysian timber industries by 2020. Human Resource Development is one of NATIP's strategic thrusts as the aspect of human resource is an important and critical element that must be emphasized in order  to enhance the Malaysian timber industries’ productivity, efficiency, quality and competitive in the global market.

    Training the workforce in timber industries has always been MTIB's role in ensuring skilled labour to serve timber industry. To overcome the shortage of worker faced by the industry, MTIB renders its assistance through acquiring local youth to serve the industry. Among other initiatives being carried out by MTIB is a job-matching platform for local graduates (skilled and semi-skilled worker). Within this platform, companies can recruit candidates with basic knowledge and skills in the timber and furniture industry as their employees.

    1. GRADUATES FROM WOOD INDUSTRY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (WISDEC)

    a) Graduates of Certificate in Timber Processing and Finishing Technology (TPF)

    ~ Programme Duration - 9 months (354 hours)

    ~ Training Methodology  - 30 % theory dan 70 % Practical (hands-on)

    ~ The intensive hands-on training provides a structured timber manufacturing and processing skills programme that will produce a competent workforce to support timber industry     

    ~ To date, there are 75 TPF graduates produced by WISDEC

     b) Graduates of Certification in Furniture Design and Making (FDM)

    ~ Programme Duration  - 2 months (270 hours)

    ~ Training Methodology  - 30 % theory dan 70 % Practical (hands-on)

    ~ Young designers produced by WISDEC have undergone hands-on training on furniture designing with the use of computer software AutoCAD, taking into account the market preferences on furniture style and trend.

    ~ There are 60 FDM graduates available

    c) Graduates of Professional Management Development (PMD) 

    ~ Programme Duration - 5 months                                                                                  

    ~ Training methodology - Focus on the young executives, diploma/degree holder who wish venture into timber and furniture industries                                                               

    ~ To date, there are 20 PMD graduates produced by WISDEC

    2. GRADUATES FROM STATE OF SABAH

    ~ Graduates originated from State of Sabah (East Malaysia)                                                   

    ~ Qualification : Diploma and Degree related to Wood-based and Forestry                                 

    ~ There are 135 Sabahan graduates available 

    3. GRADUATES OF DIPLOMA IN WOOD INDUSTRIES (UiTM JENGKA)

    ~ Programme Duration – 3 years 

    ~ Training Method – Theoretical and laboratory work with practical training at wood-based industries. 

    ~ Job Prospect - Assistant Technical Officers, Assistant Quality Control Officers, Marketing Officers and Management Executives

    ~ Number of Graduates of Diploma in Wood Industries is as follows:-    

       >Session May 2008 - 37 graduates                                                                       

       >Session November 2008 - 46 graduates                                                                    

       >Session May 2009 - 61 graduates                                                                              

       >Session October 2009 - 66 graduates                                                                         

       >Session May 2010 - 58 graduates                                                                               

       >Session November 2010 - 69 graduates                                                            

       >Session Oct 2011/May 2012 - 61 graduates

       >Session November 2012 - 60 graduates

    4. GRADUATES OF DIPLOMA IN WOOD TECHNOLOGY (POLYTECHNIC SHAH ALAM) 

    ~ The Diploma in Wood Based Technology will expose the students to the basic aspects of knowledge in Wood Based Technology. 

    ~ The course will be carried out in both theoretical and practical method such as lectures, practical in laboratories or workshops, industrial visit and practical training at firms.

    ~ The scope of the programme covers the following areas of Wood Science, Wood Product, Wood Engineering, Wood Processing, Forestry, Management Studies, Drawing and Statistic. 

    ~ The graduates from this programme will have potentials to work in both private and government sector. In addition, they will also have opportunities to further their studies in other higher learning institutions.

    ~ Programme Duration – 3 years (6 semesters)

    ~ Job Prospect - Timber Procurement Foresters, Sawmills Production Supervisor, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Product Designers, Assistant Furniture Manufacturing Process Engineers and etc

    ~ There are 40 graduates (Jun 2012) available

     5. GRADUATES OF DEGREE IN WOOD FIBER INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY (UNIV. M'SIA SABAH) 

    ~ This program based on flexibility and wood fibre quality including non-wood forest product resources like oil palm and others. Commercial fibre identification, machinery technology, wood botany especially structure, anatomy, identification, wood element, wood fire chemistry and raw material processing will emphasis. Releven technologies from upstream and downstream industries include paper, fibre board, binder board and plywood, and dry technology and fibre wood conservation will be learned.

    ~ 116 Credit Hours (including 16 School Core Subjects and 12 Programme Core Subjects)

    ~ Number of Graduates of Degree in Wood Fiber Industry and Technology is as follows:-        

       >Session 2009 - 25 graduates                                                                                                                           

       >Session 2010 - 33 graduates                            

       >Session 2011 - 34 graduates

       >Session 2012 - 30 graduates

    Important Note : For further details on the list of graduates, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Please state your full name, position in the company, contact number and name of the company for this purpose.

     

     

  • MyRISK +


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    What is MyRisk?

    MyRisk is an online system that allows your timber based companies to perform a self-assessed risk profiling procedure that would assist you in applying for an insurance policy or a loan 

    This can be done in 4 Steps as follows:

    Step 1 : Log on to https://myrisk.mtib.gov.my and register

    Step 2 : Fill in Company Info – Provide your company’s basic information

    Step 3 : Self-Assessment – Answer questions regarding insurance criterias. Your risk profiling can be updated on quaterly basis (if required)

    Step 4 : Evaluation 

               (i) Your risk profiing will be assessed by MTIB dan insurance companies under the Persatuan Insuran Am Malaysia (PIAM)

               (ii) MTIB may visit your factory or provide consultation. Insurance companies may  contact you directly if necessary. 

    More information?

    Please send us your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get in touch with you. 

    You may also contact the following officers:

    1.    En. Shamsul Azman Bin Abdul Aziz

           Assistant Director 

           Strategic Planning and Corporate Affairs Division

           603 – 9285 2235 extension 1367

    2.    En. Rasfan Akram Akmal

           Officer

           Strategic Planning and Corporate Affairs Division

           603 – 9282 2235 extension 1316

    You may also download our brochure here

     

  • ADDITIONAL SUB PRODUCT FOR HS 4418, BJC IN MCS +


    E-mailPrintNOTIFICATION ADDITIONAL SUB PRODUCT FOR HS 4418, BJC IN MCS

    There are additional sub products for HS 4418, Builders’ Joinery & Carpentry (BJC) in MCS. This feature will be displayed when exporters submit their online export licence applications. The additional sub products are as follows:

    (a) Truck flooring. [441879000]

    (b) Residential flooring - solid wood [441879000]

    (c) Residential flooring - multiply / engineered [ 2 ply / 3 ply ] [441879000]

    (d) Wooden decking - finished product, assembled & ready for use [441879000]

    (e) Laminated & finger-jointed board - finished product, assembled & ready for use [441879000]

    (f) Laminated window scantling – LAMSELECT [441890900]

    (g) Glue Laminated Timber- Glulam [441890900]

    (h) Laminated window scantling – LAMTEC. [441890900]

  • Free Trade Agreements Intro (FTA info) +

    Free trade agreements (FTAs) are intended to stimulate trade between countries by reducing or eliminating restrictions such as tariffs, quotas, special fees and taxes. Their purpose is to facilitate transactions and promote more business between the countries or areas based on comparative economic advantages that should allow both sides to benefit. Free trade agreements can help more businesses enter and compete in the global marketplace by leveling the international playing field.

    FTAs can help strengthen business climates and encourage economic growth by allowing for greater competition. By reducing tariffs and duties, the agreements reduce the cost for businesses in each country to sell their goods and services in the partner country, making it more profitable for them to compete. This can lead to more choices of products and lower prices for consumers, especially when there are relative competitive advantages between the partners to the agreement.

    In addition to reducing the cost of transactions between countries, free trade agreements break down other procedural barriers to international trade. The governments of each country adopt nondiscriminatory rules and regulations and more transparent procedures. Free trade agreements can include provisions to protect intellectual property rights, open up government procurement opportunities, and ease foreign investment rules. There are generally provisions for facilitating customs procedures, granting access to financial services, easing restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals for business trips, and dispute settlement. Free trade agreements can also promote labor rights and environmental protection, promoting overall social wellbeing.

    The Malaysian government such as MPIC and MTIB is making continuous efforts to increase the global market share for the Malaysian timber and timber products. 

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an FTA initiative involving twelve (12) countries:

       ~ Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Viet Nam.

    The Government views the TPP as an important initiative as Malaysia seeks to expand market access opportunities, enhance our competitive advantage, builds investor confidence in the country which draws foreign investments and builds capacity through FTAs.

    There is also interest from foreign companies in non-TPP countries that are increasingly exploring Malaysia as a base of their operations to enjoy the benefits of the TPP. In addition, there are Malaysian companies that export to the US and Canada who are increasingly interested to see the negotiations concluded, especially since the graduation of Malaysia from the list of countries that enjoy from the General System of Preferences (GSP).

    The TPP will also allow Malaysia to continue to be an integral part of the deepening economic integration taking place within the Asia Pacific region, but also enable Malaysia to engage in a more concrete way important trading partners such as the US, Canada, Mexico and Peru, with which Malaysia currently do not have any structured framework, such as trade agreements. As a member of the TPP, Malaysia will also be able to participate as an important link in the whole regional supply chain.

    The objective of the negotiations is to develop an FTA agreement which will be able to adapt and incorporate current issues, concerns and interests. Working groups have been established in the following areas:

       ~ Market Access; Technical Barriers to Trade; Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; Rules of Origin; Customs Cooperation; Investment; Services; Non-Conforming Measures; Financial Services; Telecommunications; E-Commerce; Business Mobility; Government Procurement; Competition; Intellectual Property; Labour; Environment; Capacity building; Trade Remedies and Legal and Institutional.

    The TPP negotiations is currently ongoing

    Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)

    Entry into Force Of MAFTA

    MAFTA was signed on 22 May 2012 and entered into force on 1 January 2013, after both countries have completed their necessary domestic procedures. MAFTA marks another important milestone in Malaysia – Australia economic relations. In addition to complementing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA), MAFTA will open up new market opportunities for both countries and enhance trade and economic relations between the two countries. The scope of commitments under the MAFTA provides a more liberal and predictable operating business environment.

    Business Opportunities for Exports of Malaysian Products

    Under MAFTA, Australia has eliminate tariffs on 100% on her products upon entry into force of the Agreement (1st January 2013).

    Malaysian companies are encouraged to take advantage of the business opportunities created by MAFTA and step up their promotional and marketing efforts to gain a strong foothold in the Australian market. Malaysian products with export potential into Australia include:

       ~ iron and steel products; plastic products; apparel and clothing; wood products of furniture, fixtures etc; palm oil and palm oil related products; cocoa and cocoa products; food products; and automotive products.

    Lower cost for imports from Australia

    Under MAFTA, Malaysia has committed to progressive elimination of import duties on 99% or 10,295 tariff lines by 2020:

    ~ Most tariff lines will be fully eliminated upon entry into force. This include products such as articles of iron and steel, automotive parts and components, as well as glass and glassware; and

    ~ Import duty on 357 tariff lines will be progressively eliminated by 2020. This includes products such as fruits, chemicals and chemical products, automotive vehicles and upstream iron and steel products.

    Malaysian companies importing raw materials and intermediate goods or inputs from Australia will be able to import with lower prices. This will enable them to reduce their cost of production and improve their competitiveness.

    Source: MITI

  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) +

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    BACKGROUND

    Given the significance of strengthening East Asian economic integration, the Leaders of ASEAN and the 6 countries endorsed the Framework for RCEP and its Work Plan at the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali in November 2011.

    The RCEP negotiation was later launched during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November 2012. The Leaders agreed that RCEP shall involve broader and deeper engagement with significant improvements over existing ASEAN FTAs/CEP with these countries.

    Based on current data, RCEP will create an alliance of a region populated by more than three billion people, with a combined GDP of more than US$17 trillion and over 40% of the world trade.

    The RCEP is ASEAN led.  The RCEP aims to achieve a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among RCEP members The RCEP aims to bring together the 16 countries into a huge cohesive economic partnership with emphasis to promoting inclusive and equitable growth. It aims to streamline and integrate the ASEAN+1 FTAs into a single and more coherent trade and investment architecture in the region.

    SCOPE

    The RCEP will cover:-

    (i) Trade in Goods;

    (ii) Trade in Services;

    (iii) Investment;

    (iv) Economic and Technical Cooperation;

    (v) Intellectual Property;

    (vi) Competition;

    (vii) Dispute Settlement; and

    (viii) Other issues agreed by RCEP parties.

    PROGRESS

    The negotiations for RCEP commenced in 2012. To date, 6 Rounds of RCEP negotiations have been held Brunei Darussalam (9-13 May 2013); Australia (23-27 September 2013); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (20-24 January 2014); Nanning, China (31 March - 4 April 2014); Singapore (21-27 June 2014); the 6th Round in New Delhi, India (1-5 December 2014) and the 7th Round in Bangkok, Thailand (9-13 February 2015).

    The RCEP participating countries envisage that negotiations will be completed by the end of 2015 similar to ASEAN Economic Community end date for implementation. The RCEP conclusion is one of Malaysia's priorities during its Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015.

    A unique feature of Agreement is that other countries may join after the conclusion and implementation of RCEP by the original 16 participating countries.  

    Malaysia is the Chairman of WG on Trade in Services under RCEP. The complete list of countries chairing the negotiating group is as follows: 

    WG/SWG Origin Country of Chairman
    WG Goods Singapore
    WG Services Malaysia
    WG Investment Vietnam
    WG ECOTECH Indonesia
    WG IPR Singapore
    WG Competition Singapore
    WG Dispute Settlement Brunei Darussalam
    SWG ROO Thailand
    SWG CPFT The Philippines
    SWG STRACAP Thailand
    SWG SPS Indonesia

    While good progress is seen in the negotiations, there is still a need to enhance the momentum for negotiations especially in the core areas of Goods, Services and Investment.

    BENEFITS TO MALAYSIA

    The RCEP will allow a more comprehensive economic integration within the region. This is important to strengthen Malaysia's foothold as a trading nation. In 2013, Malaysia trade to the RCEP parties covers 63.24% (USD434 billion) of the nation's global trade.

    The RCEP also aims to simplify and harmonized the current ASEAN+1 FTAs. Currently ASEAN+1 FTAs implement different rules and procedures. This has resulted in difficulties to utilize the FTAs especially for SMEs. Through better governance and risk management, the RCEP is envisaged to create a more conducive business environment.

    Integration of business in the region through the global supply chain will increase the regions attractiveness as an investment destination.  The involvement of India and China in RCEP will allow better access to these markets. These developing economies offers huge potential for Malaysian businesses can tap into opportunities provided through the FTA.

     

  • Guideline On The Fire Insurance For The Timber And Furniture Industry +

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    MTIB, in collaboration with the General Insurance Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Takaful Association has issued a guideline on fire insurance for the timber and furniture industry. Effective January 1, the guideline stipulates the minimum requirements and best practices. It is aimed at elevating the level of Malaysian timber and furniture industry. The requirement covers:-

    (a) Risk management

    (b) Operational activities

    (c) Maintenance and housekeeping

    (d) Fire protection & detection system

    Please Click Here to view the Guideline

  • Announcement On Gazettment And Enforcement +

    Announcement On Gazettment And Enforcement Of:-E-mailPrint

    (i)  CUSTOMS DUTY ORDER 2012

    (ii) CUSTOMS ORDER (IMPORT AND EXPORT PROHIBITION) 2012

    1) The Customs Duty Order 2012 has been gazetted on 30 August 2012 and has been enforced from 31 October 2012. With the gazettment and the enforcement of the Customs Duty Order 2012, the list of timber and timber products that used the HS code 2007 has been correlated into the HS code 2012.

    2) Meanwhile the Customs Order (Import and Export Prohibition) 2012 has also been gazetted on 31 December 2012 and becomes effective from 1 Mac 2013.

    Note : To obtain a copy of these documents, please refer to or download from the Customs official website at www.customs.gov.my

    3).With the gazzettment of the Customs Order (Import and Export Prohibition) 2012,   twenty six (26) timber and timber products have been included into the Second Schedule of the Customs Order which require an export licence in order for these products to be exported. The Third Schedule (First Part) of the Customs Order has listed three (3) timber and timber products for which an import licence from MTIB is needed prior to importation of these listed products.

    4).Please note that with the gazettment mentioned in (2) above, thirteen (13) additional timber and timber products have been included into the existing list of products for which an export licence is required whilst one (1) product has been added into the existing list of products for which an import licence is required. The list of timber and timber products which require export and import licences from MTIB is as attached.

    5).With this development, MTIB wishes to notify that companies operating in Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan are required to obtain export and import licences from MTIB for the said products. Further, it should be noted that companies that perform the activities of exporting and importing shall be registered with MTIB in accordance with the provision of Section 13 (1), Act 105 Malaysian Timber Industry Board which states:

    “No person shall carry on any activity as exporter, importer, supplier, grader, processor, trader, operator or jetty operator unless he is registered in accordance with this Act”.

    6).In accordance with the requirement of this Act, companies that are engaged with any of the activities mentioned above are requested to register with MTIB as soon as possible to avoid any problems and to ensure that these activities are carried out in accordance with the regulations. Companies can refer to the MTIB Registration Guidelines at the MTIB official website at www.mtib.gov.my or contact the Registration Unit, MTIB Headquarters at the phone line of 03-9282 2235 for further details, regarding the requirements for registration.

    Director General

    Malaysian Timber Industry Board

    22 February 2013

  • Issuance of Export Licence through MTIB Core System (MCS) +

    NOTIFICATIONE-mailPrint : Issuance of Export Licence through MTIB Core System (MCS)

    Please take note that starting from 20 August 2009, the issuance of MTIB export licence through the MTIB Core System (MCS) does not require the signature of MTIB Licensing Officer. Exporters can print the MTIB  approved export licence through the MCS from their premises. Exporters can apply for physical inspection from the nearest MTIB Branch Office or Checking Station before exports. MTIB will endorsed the export licence for the exporter submission to the Customs for export purposes.

     

     

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  • Malaysia Major Export +

     

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    Note: Preliminary Data

    For further details, please download our Export E-Statistic Jan 2017 below;

     

  • Malaysia Major Import +

     
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    Notes: Preliminary Data  

    For further details, please download our Import E-Statistic January 2017 

     

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  • National Timber Industry Policy (NATIP) 2009 - 2020 +

    " I Would Like to urge the private-sector to play a more significant role in this program , as it will provide additional timber supply to sustain the industry.... "

    ~ Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abd. Razak

    The National Timber Industry Policy or NATIP was officially launched by Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia on 17 February 2009 at Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur. More than 500 guests attended the launching, which was hosted by Y.B. Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia. The guests included Y.A.B. Menteri Besar of Pahang, Y.B. Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industries, Members of Parliament and State Assemblymen, foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners, senior federal and state government officials, captains of the timber industry, members of timber trade associations, the academia and the banking sector.

    " A key factor in ensuring the competitiveness and sustainability of the wood-based industry is the transition to a knowledge-driven economy..."

    ~ Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abd. Razak

    Y.B. Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui presented to Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak an enlarged replica of the NATIP document to mark the launch of the policy. In conjunction with the ceremony, mock cheques were handed to eight companies which have come aboard the commercial-scale Forest Plantation Programme. An exhibition was also set up to portray the evolution and progress of the wood-based sector.

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      Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia being welcomed by YB Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities at the entrance of PWTC

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      VVIPs standing to Negaraku at the opening of the ceremony

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      Y.B. Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities delivering his welcoming address

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      Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia delivering his speech

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      Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak holding a replica of NATIP document

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      Recipients of the Forest Plantation Programme financing scheme posing with the VVIPs

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      A section of the distinguished guests attending the launching ceremony

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      More guests seen here, intently watching the launch proceedings

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      The Deputy Prime Minister speaking to a furniture manufacturer at the exhibition site

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      The Minister explaining on the development of the timber industry to YB Dato' Sri Adnan bin Haji Yaakob, Menteri Besar of Pahang

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      VVIPs viewing an army vest manufactured using Kenaf fibre

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  • About Natip +

    NATIP is the culmination of an extensive research, work, thoughts and consultation programme which the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) have carried out over a span of three years to identify what needed to be done to ensure the continued viability of the wood-based industry in Malaysia up to the year 2020. All sectors of the timber industry and the relevant support services, including research organisations, institutes of higher learning and the financial sectors, were consulted in the formulation process.

    The policy directions presented in NATIP are concerned with the long-term development of the timber industry. They are set out as a course of actions designed specifically for the industry to maintain and enhance its competitive edge in the global marketplace. At the end of NATIP implementation period in 2020, it is envisaged that the annual export of timber and timber products will reach RM53 billion, which is more than double the performance today.

    NATIP contains 7 pillars that are instrumental for generating growth in the industry. They are:

    Thrust 1: Industry structure

    Thrust 2: Supply of raw materials

    Thrust 3: Innovation and technology

    Thrust 4: Marketing and promotion

    Thrust 5: Human capital development

    Thrust 6: Funding and incentives

    Thrust 7: Bumiputera participation

    NATIP will guide stakeholders and industry players on the trend of development which is most feasible for the industry to embark on. Activities developed for NATIP represent a constituent of the Government’s broad programme of building a resilient and competitive nation at a high level of sustainable growth. Following the launching ceremony on 17 February 2009, the implementation of those activities under specific action plans will be implemented by the relevant ministries, agencies and organisations. Regular monitoring of the progress made and evaluation of programmes and activities will be undertaken. The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia is the governing Ministry while the Malaysian Timber Industry Board is the central implementing agency.

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      Models of timber boats from Chengal is made to scale to the actual vessels

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      Actual tree trunks and timber samples against a backdrop of the contribution of the industry to the national economy

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      The diversified uses of wood and non-wood fibres is displayed at the exhibition area

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      A display panel housing the mock NATIP document for the launching is modelled from the actual cover of the document

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      A model of a house demonstrating the Industrialised Building System using timber

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  • NATIP BOOK - PDF File +

    The National Timber Industry Policy document made available through the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) web site is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. The unauthorised copying, distribution, public display, public performance, and preparation of derivative works from this document is prohibited by copyright law. This online version of the National Timber Industry Policy document is official and also reflects corrections made to the Policy after it was launched on 17 February 2009; therefore, all printed versions from this site are unofficial copies.

    PROHIBITED USES

    Unless otherwise stated in a written consent granted by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia, or Malaysian Timber Industry Board, it is not permitted for any user to:

    1. remove or alter the Publisher’s copyright notices or other means of identification or disclaimers as they appear on this web site; 

    2. systematically make print or electronic copies of multiple extracts of the contents of the Policy for any purpose;

    3. mount or distribute any part of the contents on any electronic network, including without limitation the Internet and the World Wide Web;

    4. distribute, publish, sell or license all or any part of the content in any format to anyone;

    5. use any robots, crawlers, spiders or other downloading devices to access or copy any content.

     

    The Publisher’s explicit written permission must be obtained in order to:

    1. use all or any part of the contents for any commercial purpose;

    2. systematically distribute, or give access to, the whole or any part of the content to anyone;

    3. publish, distribute or make available the contents, works based on the contents or works which combine them with any other material;

    4. alter, abridge, adapt or modify the contents. For the avoidance of doubt, no alteration of the words or their order is permitted.

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    To obtain a copy of NATIP document, please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click on the Natip picture above to view the electronic version of the Policy.

  • Jawatankuasa Kerja Teknikal NATIP +

    • JKT 1 (Bekalan Bahan Mentah)
      Pengerusi : Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Hj. Abd. Rahman Hj. Abd. Rahim (Ketua Pengarah JPSM)
      Pengerusi Ganti : Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Othman (Pengarah Bhg. Ladang Hutan MTIB)

      Bil. Nama Ahli Agensi
      1 YBhg. Datuk Harris Mathews LIGS
      2 En. Yap Yee Hwai JPSM
      3 Tn. Hj. Mohd Salehim Hj Ibrahim MPIC
      4 En. Roslan Mohd Junaidi Jab. Perhutanan Sabah
      5 Tn. Hj. Azman Hj. Mohd Daan Jab. Perhutanan Sarawak
      6 En. Mohd Syolahuddin Mohtar Lembaga Getah Malaysia (MRB)
      7 En. Abdullah Abdul Malek MTC
      8 En. Jamari Salekan FPDSB
      9 Tn. Hj. Mohd Ghazali Abdul Majid RISDA
      10 Tn. Hj.Idris Mohd Salleh LKTN
      11 Dr. Ahmad Zunaidi Yahya FRIM
      12 En. Mathialakan Chelliah MIDA
      13 Dr. Astimar Abd Aziz MPOB
      14 En.Yong Teng Koon MTCC
      15 En. Edmund Daging Mangku STIDC
      16 En. Raymund Tan Get Seng Timber Assoc. Of Sabah (TAS)
    • JKT 2 (Inovasi dan Teknologi)
      Pengerusi : Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Hj. Abd. Latif Mohmod (KP FRIM)
      Pengerusi Ganti : Tn. Hj. Mahpar Atan (Pengarah Bahagian Pembangunan Industri, MTIB)

      Bil. Nama Ahli Agensi
      1 Dr. Astimar Abdul Aziz MPOB
      2 Prof. Madya Othman Sulaiman USM
      3 Pn. Ir. Noraini Bahri CIDB
      4 Pn. Ar. Mariyah Pit PAM
      5 Dr.Kamaruddin Hashim Agensi Nuklear Malaysia
      6 En. James Josue Jab. Perhutanan Sabah
      7 YBhg. Datin Nur Wahidah Wong Abdullah MOSTI
      8 En. Zulkepli Abd Rani FIDEC, MTIB
      9 Dr. Rahim Sudin FRIM
      10 En. Nasaruddin Mat Ibrahim FITEC
      11 Dr. Edi Suhaimi Bakar UPM
      12 En. Mohd Fadzhel Mohd Nasir LKTN
      13 Cik Punitha Silivarajoo James KeTTHA
      14 En. Nor Azlan Mohd Ramli SIRIM
      15 YBhg. Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Nazip Suratman UiTM
      16 Dr.Wong Tuck Meng MTC
      17 En. Ir.Muhammad Azman Jamrus JKR
      18 YBhg. Dato' Abd. Rahim Hassan DDEC
    • JKT 3 (Pemasaran dan Penggalakan)
      Pengerusi : Y.Bhg. Dr. Jalaluddin Harun (KP MTIB)
      Pengerusi Ganti : Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd Rani(Pengarah Pembangunan Perdagangan MTIB)

      Bil. Nama Ahli Agensi
      1 Pn. Norhairine Md. Nor MPIC
      2 Pn.Dayang Nena Abang Bruce STIDC
      3 En. Tan Peng Juan STIA
      4 En.George Tan TEAM
      5 En.Harnarinder Singh MTCC
      6 YBhg. Dato' Chung King Tong MWIA
      7 En.Jason Ting MFPC
      8 Pn.Noraihan Abd. Rahman MTC
      9 YBhg. Dato' Henry Lau STA
      10 En.S. Rajan MTIB
      11 YBhg. Dato' Sheikh Othman Rahman MPMA
      12 En. Ong Thiow Hui MWMJC
      13 Cik Hjh. Robiyah Husin MTIB
      14 Pn. Hani Hussain MATRADE
    • JKT 4 (Pembangunan Modal Insan)
      Pengerusi : Y.Bhg. Prof. Dr. Raduan Che Ros (Naib Canselor UMK)
      Pengerusi Ganti : Encik Nor Zamri Mat Amin (Pengarah WISDEC)

      Bil. Nama Ahli Agensi
      1 Y. Bhg. Prof. Dr. Paridah Md Tahir INTROP
      2 En. Jamal Nasir Othman GIATMARA Sdn Bhd
      3 Pn. Hjh. Mahsuri Mat Dris MTIB
      4 En. Aidrus Hj Musa MFPC
      5 En. Edmund Daging Mangku STIDC
      6 En. Mohd Yusoff Abu Bakar JPK,MOHR
      7 Pn. Fatahiah Mustafa MTIB
      8 Tn. Hj. Ajlan Mohamad TTITC
      9 En. Sabri Yaacob FITEC
      10 En. Razali Ab. Malik MPIC
      11 En. Kua Abun MOHR
      12 En. Rohani Salleh KDN
      13 Mejar (K) Hj. Md. Nor Yusof KPT
      14 En. Ismail Ahmad Kem. Pelajaran Malaysia
      15 En. Tan Chong Yin MFEA
      16 En. Mehan A/L Manickiam PSMB
      17 Pn. Hjh. Hatipah Ibrahim JBSN
      18 En. August Buma Jab. Tenaga Kerja Sarawak
      19 Y. Bhg. Datuk Siti Aishah Mohd Asri Jab. Tenaga Kerja Sabah
      20 Y. Bhg. Dato' Sh. Yahya Sh. Mohamed Jabatan Tenaga Kerja
    • JKT 5 (Pembiayaan dan Insentif)
      Pengerusi : Y.Bhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud (Pegawai Eksekutif 1, MIDA)
      Pengerusi Ganti : Pn.Hjh. Noor Laila Mohamed Halip (Peng. Peranc. Strategik & Hal Ehwal Korporat, MTIB)

      Bil. Nama Ahli Agensi
      1 En. Parthasarathy A/L B.S Nayaranan MIDF
      2 Pn. Mimi Razidah Abd. Razak SME Corp. Malaysia
      3 En. Mathialakan Chelliah MIDA
      4 Dr. Eric Ng Kok Leong MTC
      5 En. Stephen Chaw Zie Shing STIA
      6 Pn. Siti Aishah Ghazali MIDA
      7 Tn. Hj. Salehim Hj. Ibrahim MPIC
      8 En. A. Bakar Attan SME Bank
      9 En. Thomas Tan Koon Peng Bank Negara Malaysia
      10 Cik Sarojini Devi a/p Maruthamuthu MOF
      11 Pn. Wong Wen Miin MOF
      12 Cik Eunice Yeo Huan MITI
      13 En Andurus Abi Jab. Perhutanan Sabah
      14 En. Awang Mentali STIDC
      15 Pn. Annette Lim PIAM
      16 Pn. Chuah Mei Lin ABM
      17 En. Visualingam Veraperumal EXIM Bank
    • JKT 6 (Penyertaan Bumiputera)
      Pengerusi : Y.Bhg. Dr. Jalaluddin Harun (Ketua Pengarah MTIB)
      Pengerusi Ganti :Pn. Hjh. Zaibi Yakin (Pengarah Bhg. Pemb. Usahawan Bumiputra, MTIB)

      Bil. Nama Ahli Agensi
      1 En. Mohd Nor Shazali bin Mohd. Idris PUNB
      2 Y.Bhg. Dato' Sheikh Othman Rahman MPMA
      3 Tn. Hj. Ir. Wahid Jaafar PEKA
      4 En. Kamarul Ariffin Ujang EPU, JPM
      5 En. Mohamad Samion FITEC
      6 En. Rosly Muda MARA
      7 En. Wan Zakaria Wan Ibrahim MITI
      8 En. Zainal Azman Abu Seman JPM
      9 En. Nik Mohamed Husni Nik Ali MPIC
      10 En. Fozian Ismail SME Corp
      11 En. Che Yuzahaisham Che Yusof JKR
      12 Y. Bhg. Dr. Wong Lai Sum MATRADE
      13 En. Nik Abdul Kadir Nik Mat MOF
      14 En. Mohd Afandi Che Ada JPM
      15 En. Rofizlan Ahmad CIDB
      16 En. Omar Ali Sopian STIDC
      17 En. Yunus Ab. Latif PETRA
      18 Y. Bhg.Dato' Syed Amin Aljeffry DPMM
      19 Y. Bhg. Dr. Hassan Mad MPM
  • CONDITIONS OF USE OF THIS SITE +

    The National Timber Industry Policy document made available through the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) web site is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws.  The unauthorised copying, distribution, public display, public performance, and preparation of derivative works from this document is prohibited by copyright law. This online version of the National Timber Industry Policy document is official and also reflects corrections made to the Policy after it was launched on 17 February 2009; therefore, all printed versions from this site are unofficial copies.

     

    PROHIBITED USES

    Unless otherwise stated in a written consent granted by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia, or Malaysian Timber Industry Board, it is not permitted for any user to:

           a. remove or alter the Publisher’s copyright notices or other means of identification or disclaimers as they appear on this web site;  

           b. systematically make print or electronic copies of multiple extracts of the contents of the Policy for any purpose;

           c. mount or distribute any part of the contents on any electronic network, including without limitation the Internet and the World Wide Web;

           d. distribute, publish, sell or license all or any part of the content in any format to anyone;

           e. use any robots, crawlers, spiders or other downloading devices to access or copy any content.

       

     The Publisher’s explicit written permission must be obtained in order to:

           a. use all or any part of the contents for any commercial purpose;

           b. systematically distribute, or give access to, the whole or any part of the content to anyone;

           c. publish, distribute or make available the contents, works based on the contents or works which combine them with any other material;

           d. alter, abridge, adapt or modify the contents. For the avoidance of doubt, no alteration of the words or their order is permitted. 

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