12 June 2023
In the Official Journal of the European Union of June 9 2023 the Regulation n. 2023/1115 has been published.
The Regulation aims at preventing illegal deforestation and forest degradation, but it imposes duties on importers and dealers.
To strengthen the Union’s contribution to halting deforestation and forest degradation, and to ensure that relevant products from supply chains related to deforestation and forest degradation are not placed on the market or exported, relevant products should not be placed or made available on the market or exported unless they are deforestation-free and have been produced in accordance with the relevant legislation of the country of production.
To confirm that this is the case, they should always be accompanied by a due diligence statement.
EU operators should take the appropriate steps in order to ensure that the relevant products that they intend to place on the market comply with the deforestation-free and legality requirements of this Regulation.
To that end, operators should establish and implement due diligence systems.