Post-Brexit – UK might continue to recognize Indonesian FLEGT licenses

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The UK Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik, has said in the post-Brexit period Indonesia's timber and wood product exports to the UK will not be disrupted and that the FLEGT licensing system will be upheld.

He also suggested to the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, that post Brexit there could be a bilateral agreement that covers the timber trade. As a follow-up the UK Ambassador proposed beginning bilateral discussions as early as March next year when Britain officially leaves the European Union.

In related news, a workshop/dialogue themed "Interactive Dialogue on the FLEGT Scheme: Boosting Indonesian Wood and Timber Products Exports to the EU" was recently held in Belgium. This event was hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels jointly with Fedustria, a Belgian non-profit federation of representing the textile, wood and furniture industry.

The purpose of the dialogue was to review implementation of the FLEGT and discuss strategies to increase Indonesia's wood and timber products exports to the EU.

According to the Deputy General Manager of Fedustria, Filip De Jaeger, businesses in Belgium report that the FLEGT licensing system has helped promote trade in the timber sector between Indonesia and the EU because importers no-longer have to contend with due diligence requirements. However, some importers of Indonesian products said more needs to be done to inform end-users and consumers on the security the FLEGT system offers.

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