Please be informed that with effect from 1 January 2016, applications for import licenses of round logs, large square and scantling (LSS) and plywood, shall obtain legality document from producing countries. This regulation is to fulfil the requirements of Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS).
There are six (6) documents adopted as legality evidence, namely:
(1) The FLEGT License under Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade;
(2) CITES Permit from member countries of Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna;
(3) Timber Certification such as FSC, PEFC, MTCS and other credible certification scheme; or
(4) Certification of Voluntary Legality Scheme;
(5) Legality Document issued by any agency / relating association recognised by Producing Countries; and
(6) Customs Declaration Form from Producing Countries.
All importers of round logs, baulks, and plywood, are required to take note of this regulation. As a pre-emptive measure, all importers of other timber products are also advised to obtain legality evidence from respective producing countries, particularly for products which will undergo further processing, and to be re-exported to the European Union countries.