Vietnam to license FLEGT for wood export to EU

Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) and Agro Processing and Market Development under Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday issued a report about licensing Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) as Vietnam and the European Union had initialed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT).

Vietnam and the European Union has just initialed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT)

Vietnam and the European Union has just initialed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT)

Accordingly, the Southeast Asian country will develop and operate a timber legality assurance system of Vietnam (VNTLAS) to verify the timber origin from the source of the supply chain to processing, exporting and licensing FLEGT.

In return, Vietnam’s FLEGT export consignments will be free to import to the EU without having to take legal responsibility for explaining the timber origin in accordance with the wood legal regulations which has been effective since March, 2013 all over the EU.

As per regulation, there are four new important contents to be noted and implemented, including management; control for imported wood; enterprises classification; export verification and FLEGHT licensing.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Forest Protection Department will classify enterprises into two groups, including the enterprises have been complied with laws and ones not complied with the laws yet.

VNTLAS applies to all origin of wood inputs, all enterprises involved in the wood supply chain and all domestic or international markets.

VPA/FLEGHT will be expectedly effective by 2020.



BY CONG PHIEN – Translated by Huyen Huong

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