IBAMA Directive No. 16 (“Directive“), which became effective on 5 December 2022, introduced a system for Forestry Traceability Source Document (DOF+) as a tool for issuance, management and monitoring of mandatory licenses for the transport and storage of forestry products from native species in Brazil.
In more detail
The system will control all new authorizations for forestry activities issued by the Forestry Products Origin Control National System (“Sinaflor“) or sent to it by the integrated state systems as of 5 December. The system can be accessed through the IBAMA website.
In addition, the Directive established that the old and new systems will coexist until the data transition is completed. It also stipulated transition rules.
It is worth mentioning that the old system is the one established by MMA Ordinance No. 253/2006 and regulated by IBAMA Directive No. 21/2014 and amendments.
As such, the Directive foresees that those yards already in operation and authorizations issued prior to the implementation of the DOF+ system should remain in the old system until the data is migrated to the new system. IBAMA will set the data migration deadline.
During the systems transition period, forestry products registered in the systems must be transported with the documents issued by the respective systems (DOF or DOF+), even in the event of a single freight. In such case, it will be admitted under the same invoice referenced in both transport documents. If any irregularity is detected, the eventual administrative infraction will be restricted to the corresponding products of the respective transport document.
The conversion of forestry products through industrial or semi-mechanized processes must also be registered in the new DOF+ system.
Moreover, Annex IV of the Directive contains the technical glossary for the registration of raw and processed products in the mentioned system, adopting only secondarily the definitions of Annex III of Directive No. 21/2014, which regulates the old system.
The Directive also stipulates that the state’s own forestry product registration systems will be integrated with the DOF+ by 30 June 2023. Until then, information updates on forestry products originated in states that hold their own systems and destined for other states must remain in the old system.
Finally, changes were made in the old system regulation (IBAMA Directive No. 21/2014) regarding customs terminal transport and export registration that will also apply to the new system.
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