Customs brokers are indirectly affected
As a customs broker, you are not regulated by Australia’s illegal logging laws. However, you may have clients approach you for assistance in understanding and complying with the law’s requirements.
If your clients import certain regulated timber or wood-based products into Australia, these laws affect them. Your client(s) will have a responsibility to actively manage the risk that their product(s) might contain illegally logged timber. This process is called undertaking ‘due diligence’.
Further information about your client’s due diligence obligations is on the Illegal Logging – Guidance for Importers webpage.
Answering the CPQ Question
Importers of regulated timber products must make a declaration to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection about their compliance with the due diligence requirements. This declaration needs to be made every time they import a regulated timber product and is in the form of a Community Protection Question (CPQ). We recognise that where you are acting as an agent for an importer, you will be making this declaration on their behalf.
The CPQ (Lodgement Question #510) states:
“Has the importer complied with due diligence requirements of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 and associated regulations? (if the product is exempt or does not contain timber, answer yes)”.
Like all CPQ’s, your responsibility is to make sure that it is answered accurately and truthfully. If your client has undertaken a suitable due diligence process and found the product they are importing is low risk, they should answer yes to the CPQ. A similar answer should also be provided if their product is exempt from the regulation’s requirement, or does not contain any timber or wood-based elements.
Regardless of the response provided for the CPQ, the goods will not be held at the border for this purpose. The declaration will also not trigger any biosecurity entry management processes or entry management fees.
We are here to help you comply with Australia’s illegal logging laws. These webpages provide a range of resources and guidance to better understand your obligations under the laws.
You can also contact us for further information on how the laws operate and if they affect you:
- phone during business hours on 1800 900 090 or if outside of Australia +61 2 6272 3933
- email illegal logging
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