Malaysia agrees to meet sustainable timber requirements set by the Netherlands

27 November 2013

Malaysian timber will meet the sustainability requirements set by the Netherlands, so that it may be confidently purchased by the Dutch government. This was the result of discussions between the Dutch Minister of Agriculture and the Malaysian Minister Plantation Industries and Commodities. The Netherlands had earlier expressed concerns about recognising the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).
At the same time, the European Union is in negotiation with Malaysia to reach binding agreements in the framework of the EU FLEGT Action plan. The intention is to ultimately arrive at a trade agreement (Press Release Government of the Netherlands, 19 November 2013).
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