Calls for crackdown on rogue ‘fly by night time’ timber exporters transport big volumes of native hardwoods to China
Queensland‘s peak timber physique is asking for an instantaneous two-year suspension of all native hardwood exports amid an increase in suspect exports to Asia.
Timber Queensland is asking on the federal authorities to stop exports for at the very least two years – and as much as 5 years – to permit a crackdown on rogue operators transport native hardwoods abroad.
TQ hardwood division chair Curly Tatnell stated hardwood exports have surged to 360,000 cubic metres previously three years, a lot of it destined for China and Asia.
Queensland’s peak timber physique is asking for an instantaneous two-year suspension of all native hardwood exports amid an increase in suspect exports to Asia
TQ has additionally heard of timber yards and log truck volumes destined to ports properly above the numbers official ABS statistics for hardwood exports.
Mr Tatnell stated native hardwoods could possibly be being illegally miscategorised as plantation pine logs or sawn timber merchandise earlier than being shipped abroad.
‘We are calling for an export suspension for at the very least two years, which could possibly be reassessed at the moment for as much as 5 years, when it comes to progress towards the mandatory measures wanted to confidently assess compliance,’ Mr Tatnell stated.
TQ has beforehand requested each the federal and Queensland governments to implement a stricter compliance regime previously, however they are saying no actions have been taken.
Mr Tatnell stated underneath present settings, operators are simply in a position to purchase export licenses with none systematic auditing or checking of regulatory compliance.
He stated TQ is worried there was widespread breaches of state and federal legal guidelines, poor biosecurity practices, misreported volumes or log classes to keep away from detection and unsafe work practices.
‘Not solely is that this a risk to the atmosphere and good forest administration, it’s damaging the native hardwood business and popularity of the business as a complete,’ Mr Tatnell stated.
‘It actually is a kick within the guts to the 1000’s of staff and native timber companies which are absolutely compliant with the regulatory necessities.
‘Fly by night time operators, flagrantly abusing the principles can’t be tolerated by business and shouldn’t be tolerated by governments.’
TQ is asking for a overview of the shortfalls and dangers of the present compliance regime, develop applicable protocols and processes for auditing and compliance and to coordinate regulation throughout each ranges authorities.