Indonesia and EU celebrate launch of FLEGT licensing

High-level representatives of the EU and Indonesia have celebrated the launch of Indonesia’s FLEGT licensing scheme in a ceremony in Jakarta on 24 November 2016.

by Rio Rovihandono

The licensing scheme aims to boost trade in legal timber products from Indonesia to the EU while preventing exports of illegal products.

“Indonesia’s achievement in developing a specific certification system for timber legality must act as the guide toward improving our competitiveness in the global market and also to prove Indonesia’s commitment in guaranteeing the sustainability of our natural resources,” said Darmin Nasution, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, according to the Jakarta Post.

The FLEGT licensing scheme is the result of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Indonesia. All timber products listed in the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement and exported to the EU must now be accompanied by FLEGT licences, which attest to their legality and meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation.

The Jakarta Post report Vincent Guerend, the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, as saying: “I think Indonesian timber products now will have a competitive advantage in the EU. Indonesia supplies 10 percent of the world’s timber market and EU imports a third of that.”

At the event, Darmin Nasution and Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, presented FLEGT licences to ten Indonesian exporters of timber and timber products.

FLEGT licensing began on 15 November. In the first eight days of licensing, Indonesia issued 845 FLEGT licences to products shipped to 24 EU countries and with a total value of US$24.96 million, according to official data quoted by the Jakarta Post.

Source: Jakarta Post