Information for customs brokers - illegal logging

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

As a customs broker, you are not directly regulated by the illegal logging laws. However, you may have importers approach you for assistance in understanding and complying with the requirements.

What do I need to do?

Importers may contact you for additional information on the illegal logging laws. In such a situation, you should refer them to the information included on these webpages. They will continue to be a key source of up-to-date information and guidance materials on the illegal logging laws, including questions and answers.

Importers are now required to make a declaration to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service about their compliance with the new due diligence requirements. This will be in the form of a Community Protection Question PDF icon PDF [412 KB] Word [1.7 MB] asked as part of the import declaration process. We recognise that where you are acting as an agent for an importer, you will be making this declaration on their behalf.

Where can I find more information?

A factsheet PDF icon PDF [749 KB] Word [2.4 MB] outlining your role as a customs broker under the illegal logging laws is available.

There are education and guidance materials to help importers better understand their responsibilities under the illegal logging laws on the Information for importers page.

The Timber Development Association, with funding from the Australian Government and supported by the Australian timber products industry, has developed a range of tools and guidance that provide one way of satisfying the new due diligence requirements (including a template for brokers and their clients to use). These are freely available from timberduediligence.com.au.

Information notices will also be provided through your usual Custom’s notification channels.

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
  • emailillegal 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
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