Timber product trading with Indonesian suppliers has been greatly enhanced by the development of the Indonesian Timber Exchange. By John Halkett.

Head and shoulders ahead of other nations, Indonesia is Australia’s leading supplier of hardwood timber products. Merbau decking immediately springs to mind, but there is also a wide range of other hardwood species, specifications and products.

All timber products now exported from Indonesia require SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu) certification. Such legally verified products pass muster with Australia’s illegal logging legislation. This, coupled with declining supplies of many native Australian hardwood species, means the demand for imported Indonesian hardwood products is certain to grow. This is particularly the case with value-added and sophisticated engineered timber products.

Timber product trading with Indonesian suppliers has been greatly enhanced by the development of the Indonesian Timber Exchange (ITE). This robust online marketplace has been created for the Indonesian timber industry with the intention of connecting suppliers with buyers across the globe.

The ITE was created in 2018 and launched in 2019 through a collaboration between the PNORS Technology Group and APHI (Indonesia Forest Business Association). PNORS Group CEO and Founder Paul Gallo says with the ITE, Indonesian timber merchants, manufacturers and exporters can connect with hundreds of local and international buyers and suppliers in the one online marketplace.

“Together, with APHI’s knowledge, the ITE allows timber companies in Indonesia to trade seamlessly with domestic and international traders,” Gallo says. “The ITE is a fully automated, customisable B2B electronic commerce solution for the timber industry that can achieve this aim with unprecedented efficiency.”

Using an optimum blend of eCommerce technology, knowledge of the timber industry’s supply chain management and off-line management services and support, all partners can access a controlled, fully secure eCommerce communication and transaction system specifically tailored to the Indonesian timber industry.

PNORS and its WilldooIT predecessor (formerly known as Disprax) have a deep and detailed understanding and experience of the timber industry in Australia and around Asia. PNORS has over 37 years of experience in the development of timber industry software and is one of the most used and trusted suppliers in Australasia.

Paul Gallo says this relationship with the timber industry started with the development of the timber business management solution, Timber Industry Management and Marketing System (TIMMS): “This is a solution purpose-built for the timber industry. TIMMS is now one of the leading providers of timber industry software in Australasia and represented the early beginnings of the PNORS Technology Group.”

Introduced in 2018 to assist the Indonesian timber industry with exporting and importing timber and timber-related products, the ITE uses international standards for electronic trading, connecting buyers and suppliers throughout the supply chain with a highly user-friendly eCommerce platform.

“The automation of these processes, in turn, reduces the number of resources needed to carry out administrative tasks, enabling staff to be redeployed to other tasks with the benefits being passed on in improved processes and reduced internal resources,” says Gallo.

“We understand the timber industry and the complexity of hundreds of products with varying sizes and product identification codes, which can cause disruptions to supply chains if errors occur.”

The ITE provides merchants, importers, manufacturers and exporters, as well as buyers and other timber-related companies with an efficient, cost-effective solution for conducting business transactions.

“With over 37 years of experience, we understand the business processes and supply chain management that takes place in the timber industry, and the development of the ITE has been the outcome of decades of experience and technological advancements,” concluded Gallo.

For more details, visit www.indonesiantimberexchange.com