Customs brokers are indirectly affected
You are not directly regulated by the illegal logging laws but importers may approach you for assistance in understanding and complying with the requirements.
The role of customs brokers
Importers may contact you for additional information on the illegal logging laws. By assisting importers in complying with the laws, you’ll be helping to combat the highly destructive trade in illegally harvested timber, while supporting local investment, profitability and jobs.
If your clients import wood, pulp or paper products into Australia, these laws affect them. Importers have responsibilities and you may need to make a declaration to the government on their behalf.
Importers are required to make a declaration to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection about their compliance with the due diligence requirements. This is in the form of a Community Protection Question (CPQ), to be completed 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.
The department is here to help you and your clients comply with the illegal logging laws.
A suite of illegal logging publications, resources and guidance material is available under the Illegal logging guidance material and resources, including education and guidance materials and resources developed in partnership between the department and industry.
Information notices will also be provided through your usual Custom’s notification channels.
Contact us for further information on how the laws operate and whether they affect you:
- phone during business hours 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.