The forest law enforcement, governance and trade scheme guidance
The forest law enforcement, governance and trade scheme licences timber and timber products which are imported from partner countries.
The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme requires that certain timber and timber products imported from partner countries are covered by a licence.
It is based on bilateral Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the European Union (EU) and timber-exporting countries. The agreements seek to improve regulation and governance in the forest sector and ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources.
The first FLEGT licences are scheduled to be issued on the 15 November 2016. The UK charge for processing licences has been reduced to £9.60.
The VPA partner country decides which timber and timber products will be within the scope of their VPA and therefore require a FLEGT licence. These products are specified using harmonised customs codes.
The licence is issued by the partner country and should accompany each shipment of timber and timber products into the EU. The licence must be validated before the shipment is allowed entry into to the EU. A validated FLEGT licence is regarded as proof of legality under the European Union Timber Regulation.
- FLEGT licences are required for imports from VPA partner countries to the EU for products specified in VPA agreements
- shipments from partner countries that need FLEGT licences will be refused entrance unless covered by a valid FLEGT licence
- the licence should be made available to Regulatory Delivery (RD) in advance of any customs declaration being made
- licences together with completed form need to be emailed to RD
- the dedicated email address for submitting Flegt licences and the form will be published by the end of October 2016
Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 establishes a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1024/2008 lays down detailed rules for the application of the system of imports of timber products provided for in Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005
The Regulation is part of UK law under The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Regulations 2012 as amended by The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (Amendment) (Fees) Regulations 2014 and The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (Amendment) Regulations 2016
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Published: 31 July 2014
Updated: 19 October 2016
- The dates for the first licences and reduced fees have now been confirmed.
- First published.