Wood International Agency Ltd welcomes first UK shipment of Indonesian FLEGT licensed plywood

November 29, 2016

Wood International Agency Ltd are delighted to announce that they will be placing the first shipment of FLEGT licensed plywood from Indonesia onto the UK market.  This first shipment of tropical hardwood plywood has been produced by The Kayu Lapis Indonesia Group (KLI) and is due to arrive at Tilbury, Essex at the end of December.

Established in 1977, Kayu Lapis is a reputable organization with over four decades of experience in sustainable forest management.  KLI maintains sustainable growth within its upstream and downstream platforms and produces high volumes of tropical hardwood plywood for local and international markets. In every step of its operations, KLI is committed to preserving the environment and empowering its people. Buniadi Makmur Marketing Director of KLI commented “To have our products included in this first shipment of FLEGT licenced timber is a proud moment for my company and for Indonesia.  We understand the importance of proof of legality through the supply chain.  To now be able to supply our products with a FLEGT licence will give even greater confidence to our customers that our products meet all legislative requirements.”

Hailed as a major milestone in the global fight to end illegal logging, the FLEGT licensing scheme is the result of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and the EU. The FLEFT license automatically meets the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, which prohibits operators in the EU from placing illegally harvested timer and products derived from illegal timber onto the European market.  All FLEGT licensed timber products can be placed onto the EU market without need for further due diligence.

Director General of Sustainable Management on Forestry Products at Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry Putera Parthama said that addressing the legality of wood commodity and complying with EU’s standard have been part of Indonesia’s efforts to ensure sustainable development, improve the livelihoods, and tackle the climate change issue.

As Wood International Agency approaches its 40th anniversary, this important role in this landmark event in the plywood industry’s history further enforces the company’s dominant position within the industry.   Wood International Agency is constantly evolving to meet the needs of customers and maintain its position at the forefront of the industry.

Will Lindenberg, Director commented “We are proud of our strict due diligence system and the introduction of FLEGT licensed plywood to the Wood International portfolio only serves to further strengthen our offer.  Customers can be secure in the knowledge that all of our products already meet the strict legal requirements of the European Timber Regulation, however FLEGT licenses will provide structured and accountable reassurance.”

Established in 1977, Wood International Agency Ltd holds a prominent position within the global panel products industry.  The company specialises in the procurement, sales, distribution, logistics and marketing of plywood and wood based panel products to the UK, Europe and International markets.


Will Lindenberg: will@woodia.co.uk

Clare Lamont:  clare@woodia.co.uk


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