By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja
THE VALUE of various wood products exports from the Province of Central Java to 24 countries in the European Union (EU) from Januari-March 2014 were recorded at USD 29.55 million.
Central Java BPS (the Central Statistics Agency) data shows that Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are the main forest export destinations for Central Java.
Timber products export value to Germany from January to March 2014 was USD 10.27 million, the United Kingdom USD 7.3 million, and the Netherland reached USD 6.06 million.
Chairman of Central Java’s Indonesia Association of Sawn and Processed Wood Manufacturers, Wiradadi Soeprayogo said, EU market share was only 10 – 15 percent of Central Java’s total wood products exports, Bisnis Indonesia reported.
Whereas, Central Java is capable of producing up to 90,000 cubic meters per month, with excellent products including doors, and wooden deckings and floorings.
“Exports to EU will be smoother after the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) was ratified. But the export market is not large, only 10-15 percent, with outstanding and high-quality products”, Wiradadi said.
It is known that Indonesia has developed the SVLK as a commitment device for restraining trade in illegally harvested wood.
The SVLK was effective for Indonesia’s wood products exports as of January 1, 2013.
EU is also now accepting Indonesian timber products that come with a wood certification document based on the SVLK.
Therefore, there is no need to impose additional controls if a product carries the V-legal mark, which shows that the product meets legal requirements set out in EU, as it can be guaranteed that the product are derived from legal sources.
EU has applied additional controls on its timber product imports under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) starting in March 2013.
EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) also provided unequivocal legal recognition of Indonesia’s SVLK.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s total wood products exports from January to March 2014 to reach USD 1.4 billion (IDR 14 trillion) consist of Japan and China and other Asian countries (USD 1.2 billion), the United States (USD 141 million), EU countries USD 119 million, Oceania countries USD 75 million and African countries USD 23 million.***