On 15/11/2016 a new procedure established in our country for imports of wood, wood pulp, paper, furniture and decorative items made of wood from Indonesia will enter into force. This new obligation is created as the EU’s response to the global problem of illegal logging and trade in timber products.
The main instrument of the FLEGT licences are the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs), which are bilateral and legally binding between timber-producing countries (FLEGT partner countries) and the European Union.
The following obligations are established, such as a Special Customs Inspection of the goods, in addition to the existing ones (FITO, HEALTH, PHARMACY, SOIVRE…):
- The release for free circulation of timber products subject to a FLECGT licence cannot be authorised without the competent customs authority being informed that the licence has been duly validated by the competent FLEGT authority.
- The competent FLEGT authority in Spain is the Directorate-General for Rural Development and Forestry Policy.
- Importers and agents of timber and timber products must submit the FLEGT licence to the Directorate-General for Rural Development and Forestry Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment prior to the arrival of the shipment.
It is recommended that the request for validation be submitted as soon as possible, via the Ministry’s Electronic Headquarters.
Once the licence has been validated by the Directorate-General for Rural Development and Forestry Policy, this validation is communicated directly to Customs so that it can proceed with the release for free circulation.