Source: Tropical Timber Market Report
Indroyono Soesilo, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders has said Indonesian wood product exporters believe the new draft proposal from the European Union aimed at reducing deforestation will not hamper Indonesia’s exports.
He said Indonesian products meet the legality criteria determined by the EU and that the products exported to the European Union come from legal timber and are not the product of deforestation.
The Association reports forest and wood product exports to the EU reached US$1.24 billion as of October 2021 exceeding both 2020 and 2019 levels. It is Indroyono’s understanding that the EU draft proposal states that companies must provide geographic coordinates showing the origin of the raw material processed for export to the EU market. The EU draft proposal would prohibit agricultural commodities and their derivatives from entering the EU market if they are produced from raw material from deforested or degraded land.