The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has just issued Industry with guidelines regarding compliance with regards to Illegal Logging. This has now become a high priority of the Department and they have advised it will be strictly policed.

Before you import a regulated wood or timber based product you MUST have a due diligence system in place. The system should be in writing, and key components of the system must contain such information as what procedures you have in place to minimise the risk that your imported products contain illegal timber, along with full details of your Organisation, your activities and the name and contact details of the person, or persons responsible for the due diligence system.

As well as what might be regarded as conventional timber products, the legislation covers newsprint, writing paper, toilet and facial tissue, envelopes, cards, booklets, seats and prefabricated building/materials, for example.