Regulation introduced to counter illegal timber trade

Wednesday 1 Jun 2022

New Zealand is committing to trade only in legally harvested timber with the Forests (Legal Harvest Assurance) Amendment Bill that was introduced to Parliament on 18 May. Under the Bill, timber harvested in New Zealand and overseas, and used in products made in New Zealand or imported, will have to be verified as being legally harvested.

The Bill signifies New Zealand’s commitment to preventing the global trade in illegally harvested timber and establishes regulations and requirements to confirm timber sourced here and overseas is harvested in compliance with relevant laws.

An official press release from Minster Nash (which covers off all aspects of the Bill) can be found here.

The Bill itself can be found here.

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Source: MPI

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