Supporting Legal Timber Trade in Vietnam (December 2017)

News Highlights

Imports and exports of wood products in 2017: Opportunity from the FLEGT VPA
(Gỗ Việt) – The Government of Vietnam and the EU have officially initialled the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA). Signing the VPA is a particularly important event, which can create fundamental changes for Vietnam’s timber processing industry. It will not only affect Vietnam’s markets for wood products but also the supplying countries to Vietnam.

Difficulties in the traceability of forest products
( – There are still many domestic timber processing and exporting enterprises that are very confused and do not understand what timber legality and traceability is. Difficulties in the traceability of forest products are also common in many handicraft villages, as well as small timber processing enterprises in many provinces.

Reforms to Australia’s illegal logging laws
On 5th October 2017, the Australian Government announced reforms to the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 (the Regulation). These reforms will streamline and clarify the associated ‘due diligence’ requirements. Additionally, from 1st January 2018, businesses and individuals may face penalties for breaches of the Regulation’s due diligence requirements

FLEGT is big, says Director General for the Environment
( – In this exclusive interview with the European Timber Trade Federation, European Commission Director General for the Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo describes the first year of FLEGT licensing by Indonesia as a great start. Now, he says, it’s the responsibility of all stakeholders to capitalise on the opportunities presented by this unique timber legality initiative and to take the wider EU FLEGT Action Plan forward.

Congo and the EU adopt tools to implement their Agreement on illegal logging
( – The Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) have adopted a five-year plan for the implementation of their Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) aimed at eliminating illegal logging. The new five-year action plan for the implementation of VPA 2018-2022, as well as an Annual Work Plan for the year 2018, were adopted by Congo and the EU at the meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) of the VPA, which met in Brazzaville on 5th December 2017.




December 2017: Indonesia and the EU released annual report for 2016 (May 2015 – Dec 2016) on the Implementation of the Indonesia-EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement. Download at:

December 2017: NewsletterEUTR News – September to November 2017” (ClientEarth Forests). Download at:

December 2017: Newsletter “EU Forest Watch 231 – December 2017” (FERN). Download at:

December 2017: Go Viet Magazine no. 96 – December 2017. Download at:




22nd November 2017: Workshop on “International Requirements on Timber Production – Opportunities and Challenges for Handicraft Village” held in Bac Ninh with the participation of experts from the Center for Education and Development (CED), small and medium enterprises of Dong Ky Wood Association and many enterprises in Bac Ninh province. The workshop aims to strengthen capacity and guide businesses in the steps required to meet timber legality requirements, in compliance with FLEGT VPA requirements. More information at:

19th December 2017: In Ho Chi Minh City, the Project on Development of Forestry Management Information System – Phase II organised a workshop to introduce the unified information management of processing industry of the forestry sector in Vietnam. More information at: