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VN looks to tighten legality control of imported timber

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The amount of tropical wood imported into Vietnam annually is about 1.5 million cubic metres, equivalent to 30 per cent of the total volume of wood imported into the country. VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY/VIET NAM NEWS

VN looks to tighten legality control of imported timber

The development and activation of a geographic origin and timber species risk category plays an important role in controlling the legality of imported timber, attendees heard at a seminar in Hanoi on October 16.

The Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (Viforest) and associations in the field of wood processing and exports held the seminar on identifying and controlling risks in exporting and importing Vietnamese wood products.

In order to fulfil commitments under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued Decree 102/2020/ND-CP on Vietnam’s timber legality assurance system (VNTLAS).

One of the important contents of the decree is to develop mechanisms to strictly control the legality of imported raw wood. These mechanisms are based on criteria of risk classification by geographic regions and timber types.

Viforest chairman Do Xuan Lap said building and activating the list of geographic region and species risk categories played an important role in controlling the legality of imported timber.

These were necessary to maintain and develop the industry, fulfilling the government’s commitments to the international community.

In addition to timber from domestically planted forests, the country still imports raw materials every year, including those from tropical countries such as countries in Africa, Cambodia, Laos and Papua New Guinea.

To Xuan Phuc, an expert from Forest Trends, said timber from these countries was often considered risky wood because these timber suppliers did not meet the criteria for a risk-free geographical area.

The amount of tropical wood imported into Vietnam annually is about 1.5 million cubic metres, equivalent to 30 per cent of the total volume of wood imported into the country. Most of this is from Africa.

The wood business community should diversify the supply of raw wood, reducing the proportion of imported supplies from tropical countries, and increase the proportion from low-risk sources, the expert noted.

In addition, the government and timber associations needed to come up with mechanisms and messages to encourage the use of locally available raw materials, he added.

This would not only help the industry reduce risks in the use of raw materials, but also had direct meaning for millions of afforestation households today.

VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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