Registration of log traders and forestry advisers

Find out about the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill. The legislation recommends a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers.

Timeline

23 July 2020: The Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament.

30 June: Second reading of the bill in Parliament.

15 June: Environment Select Committee report back to Parliament.

21 May: Submissions closed with the committee at 11.59pm.

15 May: The bill was referred to the Environment Select Committee.

14 May 2020: First reading in Parliament of the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill.

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Why registration is being introduced

The bill has been developed to strengthen the integrity of New Zealand’s forestry supply chain through the regulation of log traders and forestry advisers.

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.

Government media release: Log Traders and Forestry Advisers Registration Bill passed by Parliament

Government media release: New registration system for forestry advisers and log traders

Benefits of registration

The bill will support:

  • the continuous, predictable and long-term supply of timber, as well as equity of access for both domestic processing and export
  • a more transparent and open market for log sales through the provision of professional advice
  • the confidence and informed participation of businesses and investors in the forestry and wood processing sector
  • the achievement of improved economic, employment, and environmental outcomes nationally and in our regions
  • improved climate change outcomes
  • the long-term development and sustainability of our forestry and wood processing sector.

Cabinet paper and regulatory impact assessment

Cabinet paper: Proposed legislation for forestry licensing and registration [PDF, 817 KB]

Appendix 1 of the Cabinet paper: Impact of licensing and registration on key forestry stakeholders [PDF, 675 KB]

Regulatory impact assessment: Licensing and registration for forestry supply chain [PDF, 6 MB]

The bill and related document

Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill – NZ Legislation

Ministry for Primary Industries' disclosure statement – NZ Legislation

Further information and reports

Commercial forestry supply chain workshops: A wood legality definition and registration to strengthen professional standards in the forestry and log sales market [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Managing log supply to Northland mills – Scion

Analysis of the logistical options for improving log supply conditions for processors in regions facing supply constraints – Forme Consulting Group

More about the bill, its progress, and how to make a submission – New Zealand Parliament

Who to contact

If you have any questions, email forestryteam@mpi.govt.nz

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