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China extends its Log export suspension to Tasmania


08 Dec 2020

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Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is aware that Chinese customs have notified the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) that its suspension of the import of logs from Victoria and Queensland has been extended to Tasmania and South Australia.

AFPA has worked extensively with industry and Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) to develop a comprehensive package of reforms to phytosanitary processes that we hope will address the Chinese Government’s phytosanitary concerns and allow for the resumption of the log trade as soon as possible. The alleged incidents that Chinese Customs has cited in relation to the Tasmania and South Australia suspensions predate the introduction of these tighter measures.

AFPA is also in ongoing discussions with Australian governments on the significant impact the suspension of the log trade is having across the forest industries supply chain. And, should the situation continue into 2021, the need for short and long-term assistance to support workers and businesses already impacted, and to avoid further, widespread job losses and mill closures.

For further details please contact Victor Violante at victor.violante@ausfpa.com.au or call 0421 846 201.