Information for businesses exporting to Australia

​​​​​​​Am I affected by the illegal logging laws?

If you are a business exporting timber or timber products to Australia, you are not directly regulated by the illegal logging laws. All of the obligations are placed on the businesses importing the goods into Australia.

Will businesses exporting timber to Australia notice any changes?

Importers may seek additional information from their supplies about the timber or timber products they are purchasing. This information will help them assess the risk that these products were illegally logged and guide their purchasing choices.

The laws are consistent with Australia’s trade obligations and support the government’s commitment to promoting the trade in legally harvested timber and timber products.

Australia is not alone in taking action against illegal logging. The illegal logging laws complement legislation that has been introduced by the European Union and the United States.

Where can I find more information?

The department has prepared a factsheet PDF icon PDF [273 KB]  Word [2.6 MB]​​ outlining the impact of the illegal logging laws on businesses exporting to Australia.

Country Specific Guidelines PDF icon PDF [669 KB]  Word [2.4 MB] can help importers understand the legal frameworks for harvesting timber in these countries. The guidelines are available on the Further information and resources page.

If you need further information on how the laws operate and whether they affect your business, you can contact the department via:               

  • phone the department during business hours (8.30am to 5.30pm) on 1800 657 313 or if outside of Australia +61 2 6272 3933
  • email illegal logging
  • subscribe to the illegal logging mailing list​ to stay informed of the release of any new information or guidance materials or any upcoming information events


Translated fact sheets

Available in the following languages:

  • Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, 
    Korean, Spanish, Thai, ​Vietnamese

Further information

Fact sheets

Country specific ​g​uidelines






Quick Reference Guide
 PDF [843 KB]
 Word [573 KB]

Country Specific Guideline – Peninsula
 PDF [1.8 MB]
 Wor​d [3.5 MB]

Country Specific Guideline – Sabah
 PDF [3.7 MB]
 Word [8 MB]

Country Specific Guideline – Sarawak
 PDF [3 MB]
 Word​ [4.9 MB]

New Zealand

Solomon Islands