Jakarta, November 24, 2016 - Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) today received the first Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) license in Indonesia for the Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills. FLEGT licensing will increase trade between Indonesia and EU by automatically demonstrating proof of legal origin and compliance with the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).
APP is the first pulp and paper group to obtain FLEGT licensing and was chosen to represent the sector in a license-awarding ceremony at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry on November 24. In addition to the Pindo Deli mills, APP other mills also have received FLEGT licenses following the system coming into effect on November 15.
The FLEGT license improves the ease with which all products manufactured by the APP in Indonesia – including the Extra print wood free uncoated graphical paper range, speciality paper brand Impressions 2000 and the Sinar Lux range of cast-coated papers– can be shown to comply with the requirements of the EUTR.
The license follows the announcement of the start of the FLEGT licensing scheme earlier this month. It offers a potential boost to Indonesia-EU trade, as it will streamline the process of importing paper products into the EU as well as other timber-based products produced by other FLEGT-licensed businesses.
European businesses will be able to use FLEGT licenses as proof of legality of origin to meet the requirements of the 2013 EUTR, replacing the extensive due diligence previously required and still required for imports from other countries not covered by a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU.
Aida Greenbury, Managing Director for Sustainability at APP, said: “We congratulate the Government of Indonesia and the European Union for creating the FLEGT licensing scheme, as it shows the world that Indonesia is serious about supporting its timber industry to help tackle illegal logging.
"This is not just about a new bureaucratic system or paperwork but a real change on the ground that will provide opportunity for thousands of Indonesian and European businesses alike by making it much simpler to import Indonesia’s valuable timber products."
About Asia Pulp & Paper
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP is responsible for delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper. On any given day, our products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms from all over the world.
Started in 1972 with Tjiwi Kimia producing caustic soda, now we run operations across Indonesia and China with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. Today, APP markets its products in more than 120 countries across six continents.
Over the years, we have expanded our operations significantly through the acquisition and expansion of several of our pulp and paper mills. It’s our commitment to customer satisfaction that enables us to grow our share in paper sales worldwide and broaden our presence through offices in many countries. We believe ‘tradition and modernity go hand in hand’ which means we value long term relationships as part of our Eastern traditions, while we also are eager to embrace the modern values of innovation and efficiency.
Maintaining the integrity of our supply chain is also crucial to APP’s operations as well as our commitment to our Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020. Learn more about APP’s path to operational excellence by reading our Sustainability Reports and Forest Conservation Policy at www.asiapulppaper.com.