The Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act is now in force.
From 1 January 2018, importers of regulated timber products into Australia, will face penalties for failing to comply with the Act.
The Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (AIPLA) seeks to reduce the harmful environmental, social and economic impacts of illegal logging by restricting the import and sale of illegally logged timber products in Australia.
- Makes it a criminal offence to knowingly, recklessly or intentionally import illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia, or to process domestically grown raw logs that have been illegally logged.
- Requires companies to assess and mitigate the risks of importing or processing illegal timber.
The aim is that only timber products with little or no risk of having been illegally logged are imported or processed, helping to ensure that Australia’s sustainably managed forest industries are not undercut by cheap, illegally logged timber products.