Trade and transport
To export timber products from Solomon Islands, an exporter must obtain the following documents (Country Specify Guidelines for Solomon Islands, 2014):
A Permit to Export approved by the Ministry of Forestry and Research. The application for the Permit to Export must detail the relevant license numbers, volume, species and value of the timber being exported, as well as documentation of the sale arrangements.
An application for a Permit to Export should be made to the Commissioner of Forests for each export consignment. The signature and stamp of the commissioner should appear on every permit, together with a unique numerical 'identifier'. The approved Permit to Export will include the following information:
- Licence number/s from which the timber has been sourced (which demonstrates the
origin of the timber)
- Name and address of seller (Solomon Islands) and buyer (abroad)
- Container number (s) of the timber being exported
- The species and volume of the timber and
- The type of product and lumber seizes
Additionally, the following documentation must be included when doing the application for the Permit to Export:
- Packing list identifying the species and volume of timber to be exported
- Evidence of the sale (which can include a purchase order and invoice, or similar).
Issuing of a Certificate of Origin can occur when an associated Permit to Export has been approved. The Permit to Export is then provided to the Customs & Excise Division, which checks the contents of each consignment and determines the duty payable. Once this duty is paid, the customs division approval is issued.
To comply with Australian biosecurity regulations, timber exporters are required also to obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate which in the Solomon Islands is issued by Biosecurity. This certificate describes any fumigation that has been conducted for the specified container or containers. Note that fumigation is not a mandatory requirement for entry into some other markets.