SVLK Timber Legality Verification

For Forest Managers and Wood Product Traders in Indonesia

Todd Frank   |  

Assure your customers that your wood products sourced from Indonesia are produced from legally harvested wood. Verification under the Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System, INDO-TLAS/Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK) does just that. SCS Global Services can help your company dramatically lower its risk of inadvertent violations of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), the US Lacey Act, Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition, and other timber legality regulations.

SVLK verification is required by Indonesian law for all wood product exporters from Indonesia. SCS is a leading third-party certifier of forestry practices, and one of the few verification bodies to earn accreditation through Indonesia’s National Accreditation Committee (KAN) to provide SVLK verification services.

  • Program Details
  • Process
  • FAQs
  • Program Documents

SVLK verification is available to individual organizations and groups of associated organizations with timber operations in Indonesia, including forest managers, primary and secondary industry license holders, and companies holding valid NIB and SIUP. Organizations that operate solely in Indonesia as well as organizations elsewhere with supply chain links in Indonesia can seek verification with SCS.

SVLK Verification Options
  • Natural Forest and Plantation Management Operations – Verification of legally required documents will be checked against on-the-ground practices through on-site audits. Associations of natural forest or plantation managers can be verified as a group.
  • Manufacturers, Factories and Exporters – During on-site audits, SCS verifies the effectiveness of your procedures for tracking legal wood products throughout operations. Upstream suppliers and distributors may be included in the audit. Associations of wood product suppliers can be verified as a group.
Our SVLK Expertise and Complementary Services

SCS is a global expert in forest management certification and has already conducted numerous successful SVLK audits. In addition, SCS provides certification to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards as well as verification services under all of the leading forest carbon offset schemes.

Public Summary of V-Legal Document Issuance

As part of public outreach on SVLK implementation and also to meet the requirements of the SVLK program, PT. SCS presents a public summary of V-Legal Documents issued for each client. The public summary is presented for each month presenting application of V-Legal Document, conforming application and non-conforming application for each client.

SVLK Accreditation Scopes

  • Annex 2.2 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for IUPHHK-HA, IUPHHK-HT, and Management Rights Holders.
  • Annex 2.3 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for IPK included IPPKH, HGU, and PHAT that the wood grows naturally.
  • Annex 2.4 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for Forest State Maintained by The Community (HTR, HKm, HD, HTHR).
  • Annex 3.2 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for Private (Right) Forest.
  • Annex 4.2 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for IUIPHHK Holder and IPKR.
  • Annex 4.3 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for IUI (Small Industry Business Permit, Medium Industry Business Permit, Large Industrial Business License).
  • Annex 4.4 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for TPT-KB and TPK-RT.
  • Annex 4.5 – Standard of Timber Legality Verification for Companies holding NIB, and SIUP.

Suspension, Withdrawal, and Termination

Reasons for suspension are:

  • Unwillingness to follow a surveillance audit according to the appropriate SVLK-LK timescale procedures;
  • Any non-conformities raised as the result of the special audit;
  • the license holder totally failed to fulfill S-LK requirements
  • A “TIDAK MEMENUHI/NOT COMPLY” of surveillance result and no improvement evidence received during improvement period (10 calendar days after closing meeting) a decision-maker decided “TIDAK LULUS/FAILED”
  • the license holder does not submit appeal decision result during appeal period;
  • the license holder voluntarily proposes suspending LK certificate (S-LK);
  • Other, but not limited to: unwillingness or inability to meet financial or contractual arrangements; misusing or damaging the integrity of PT SCS or relevant accreditation body trademarks; intentional violation of requirements; or association with fraud.

Reasons for withdrawal or termination are:

  • License holder voluntarily proposes suspending LK certificate (S-LK);
  • Unwillingness to follow a surveillance audit after the S-LK certificate is suspended for 3 months;
  • Evidence by law in purchasing and/or receiving and/or storing and/or processing and/or selling illegal timber;
  • Revocation of the business license of the certificate holder.
  • Legality document revoked by the government and declared invalid;
  • Disaster occurred, either intentional or unintentionally, which destroy the forest resource causing forest management to become unfeasible;

Scope Extention and Deduction

Auditees who wish to extend or deduct its certification scope can contact PT SCS Indonesia.

Certification rejection

PT. SCS can reject any application for SVLK certification that is not included in our accreditation scope and/or based on application review suspected of a high risk for illegal activities.

Request Information

Need more information? Fill the form and one of our representatives will get back to you shortly.

Related Resources

Click to learn more or download resources related to this service

This video was prepared for the XV World Forestry Congress in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from May 2-6, 2022. According…