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Australia cracks down on illegal timber

December 19, 2010
"Under the legislation, importers will now need to meet a due diligence test to ensure the timber they are sourcing has not been illegally logged." said Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture.
- Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

The Australian government has announced the creation of new legislation which will put further restrictions on the import of foreign wood products in effort to halt the flow of illegally logged timber.

Taking effect next year, the laws will require importers to disclose the sources of all timber products, even paper.

"This initiative will complement a global effort being championed by Australia, the United States and the European Union, to combat illegal logging and demand importers disclose the legal origins of their wood."

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