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SVLK Toubles Furniture Industries

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA: The inconsistent regulation of the Wood Legality Verification System (SVLK) has caused low numbers of micro and medium enterprises that sell export-oriented furniture.

The deputy director of non-governmental organization Java Learning Center (Javlec Indonesia), Suryanto Sadiyo, said that the SVLK certification is only owned by 25 out of 125 furniture based association members.

“They don’t want to be bothered with the SVLK system,” said Suryanto. He added that many of the small and medium enterprises prefer to loan the SVLK certification instead because of the complicated application of SVLK on top of the expensive cost of application.

Suryanto continued to explain that not every furniture-based business understand the timber legality system because the constant changes made in the SVLK regulations had led to business owners being confused during the application for a certificate.

According to Tempo, the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute(IEI) manager of system development, Hayu Wibaya said that the three revisions of SVLK policy in 2009, 2014, and 2015 resulted in the constant change of standards. He added that the aim of SVLK is to promote sustainable forests and environmentally-friendly timber products, in addition to adressing illegal logging.

“Unfortunately, not all people are aware of the SVLK due to lack of dissemination,” added Hayu.

Timbul Raharjo, chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association said that the SVLK regulations are troublesome and that the government has yet to provide subsidy for the SVLK certification of small and medium enterprises.