Registration of log traders and forestry advisers
Find out about the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill. The proposed legislation recommends a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers.
14 May 2020: First reading in Parliament of the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill.
15 May: The bill was referred to the Environment Select Committee.
21 May: Submissions closed with the committee at 11.59pm.
5 June: The committee will report back to Parliament.
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The bill has been developed to aid continuous, predictable, and long-term supply of timber for domestic processing and export. This should result in greater confidence across the wood processing sector.
These changes are considered critical for the:
- country’s reputation as a reliable, high-quality producer and exporter of wood products
- improved economic, employment, and environmental outcomes for the industry and community regionally and nationally.
The proposed changes are expected to:
- increase the transparency and professionalism of log buying, selling, and trading activities
- help develop and improve the long term sustainability of the domestic timber processing and the wider forestry sector
- improve the confidence and information provided to businesses and investors in the forestry sector.
The bill will have also wider benefits such as:
- having a regulatory system that will provide critical foundations to help the industry navigate what is anticipated to be a more volatile and uncertain trading environment during the COVID-19 recovery period
- having a more transparent market, which will better connect owners of land and owners of trees, and particularly for first-time entrants to the market to timber processors and marketers of forest resources to domestic and overseas customers
- contributing to improved economic and employment outcomes from the forestry sector nationally and for local communities
- improving environmental and climate change conditions for New Zealand.
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