Loopholes in Legality: How a Ministry of Trade Decree Benefits Shadowy Timber Exporters & Undermines Legal Reforms

A report released jointly by Forest Watch Indonesia, the Independent Forestry Monitoring Network (Jaringan Pemantau Independen Kehutanan, or JPIK) and EIA.

Legal loopholes in a controversial 2015 Indonesian Ministery of Trade Decree are being illegally and cynically exploited by a coterie of timber traders masquerading as small and medium enterprises.

This significantly weakens Indonesia’s flagship timber legality scheme by exempting 15 product types from requirements to certify timber sources and factory practices.