All about the Malaysia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement

Almost 60% of Malaysia's land area is forested. Timber is an important export product and a significant contributor to the country's economy. The range of Malaysia’s timber and timber products, from primary to tertiary products is unsurpassed.

The EU is one of Malaysia's top three export markets for timber products. Malaysia also has many regional timber trading partners, including importers in China, India, Japan and Taiwan. 

Malaysia was one of the first countries to begin negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU, in 2007. The Malaysia’-EU VPA negotiations are the most protracted VPA negotiations to date, partially due to the complexity of the Malaysia’s political situation. 

Eleven Technical Working Group and six Joint Experts’ Meetings took place between 2007 and 2014. However, negotiations have been in limbo since late 2014, while the EU awaits a signal from Malaysia that it is ready to restart the negotiations with the inclusion of the state of Sarawak.

VPA status

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