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Other indicators for legal timber trade of Ukraine

Corruption Perception Index

33

/100

A country's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
Source: Transparency International

 

bans & quota

The export of lumber and timber of valuable and rare tree species from the custom territory of Ukraine is prohibited”. (Article 2 of the Law of Ukraine “On the specifics of state regulation of business entities activities which are related to the sales and export of timber). The same law defines that valuable and rare trees are: Acacia, Sorbus torminalis, cherry tree, pear, walnut, chestnut, yew, bird-cherry, sycamore and juniper (the names of the species prohibited for export in Ukrainian: акація, берека, вишня, груша, горіх, каштан, тис ягідний, черешня, явір, ялівець).

On April 13, 2015 the Parliament of Ukraine banned unprocessed timber export for 10 years. The legislative draft stipulates a temporary ban on unprocessed timber exports: all species with the exception of pine - effective January 1, 2016, and for pine unprocessed timber - effective January 1, 2017. It occurs that low-grade merchantable wood is exported as fuelwood, which is not subject to the export ban. Police, customs and other institutions control the transport and documents at the custom because of cases of violations. From January 1, 2019, internal consumption of Ukrainian round wood is restricted to 25 million cubic meters a year by the law aimed amending other Ukrainian laws regarding preservation of Ukrainian forests and preventing illegal timber trade.

 

CITES and protected species

Ukrainian national forest monitoring system is organized, performed and guided by the scientific organizations of the State Forest Resources Agency. General supervision is provided by the Scientific and Information Department.

CITES is not applicable for Ukraine due to lack of tree species included in the CITES-Appendices.

 

National action on timber legality

Ukrainian national forest monitoring system is organized, performed and guided by the scientific organizations of the State Forest Resources Agency. General supervision is provided by the Scientific and Information Department.

ENPI-East FLEG (2015) reports on improvement of the timber flow control system. The existing mechanism for controlling the wood origin legality includes assessment of growing forest stock in the designated logging area at the stages of the preparation of forest management plan, actual assignment of felling area and when the timber is released to the buyer. In addition, timber is subject to ETTS tagging in most enterprises. Timber harvesting information became more transparent due to the implementation of the SFRA pilot project for online register of logging permits - https://lk.ukrforest.com.

 

Third party certification

According to FSC (January 2019) Ukraine has 110 forest management certificates, covering an area of 4,33 million hectares. There are 284 company that are CoC certificate holders.