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What is the EU Timber Regulation?
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force in 2013 prohibiting the placing of illegally harvested timber in the European market. The regulation is a major part of the EU’s effort to reduce deforestation and protect at risk tree species by removing the demand from the EU market.
Which products does it cover?
The EUTR covers the majority of all wood and timber based products with some distinctions and exemptions. Click here for a list of all products covered in the regulation. It is always important to check for the latest information from the EU and the products listed in the regulation’s annex.
Products currently EXCLUDED from the regulation are:
- Recycled/waste products
- Packaging – (NOTE – only if it is exclusively a packing material to support, protect or carry another product placed on the market. For example, the box your product was delivered in is excluded. Packaging sold in its own right is included in the regulation)
- Printed matter – books, magazines, photos where the print itself is the product. (NOTE – other types of paper or tissue is included)
- Certain bamboo products – Plaited or woven bamboo, pulp and paper from bamboo, seats made from bamboo
- Seated furniture – including sofas, chairs
- Medical furniture
Who does it affect?
Any person or business who first places timber on the market. Operator’s must maintain records of any traders that you supply timber to and implement a due diligence system.
Any person or business who sells or buys timber or timber products that have already been placed on the EU market. As a trader you must maintain and keep records for at least five years of 1) those who supplied the timber product to you 2) those you have supplied the timber products to.
How to comply with the EU Timber Regulation
It is the responsibility of businesses who trade timber and timber based products into the EU to ensure their products are legal by implementing a due diligence system.
The due diligence system is made up of three core principles: Information gathering, risk assessment and risk mitigation.
The regulation does not prescribe a specific method of implementation. Operators are able to use existing systems or those of a third party monitoring organisation. For more advice refer to government guidance in individual EU member states. The EUTR is enforced at a member state level.
Who are we?
Global Traceability have over fifteen years of experience in implementing industry networks and traceability solutions. We understand first-hand the cautiousness about data ownership and sharing as well as the logistical and financial barriers to knowing complex global supply chains.
Our cloud platform, RADIX Tree, is used my thousands of companies to share supply chain data. Our extensive coverage of the European timber market and our sustainability experts help us provide efficient EUTR solutions for businesses of all sizes. Read about our timber risk assessment work with DT Group here.
EUTR Compliance Management
The ability to gather accurate information from your supply chain is essential to the compliance process, but a major challenge for those with complex global supply chains.
RADIX Tree is our solution to this challenge, providing businesses with an efficient data management platform to connect with your supply chain partners, and they to connect with their own.
Information Gathering On RADIX Tree
The platform works like a social network, suppliers and clients are invited to connect online to build a supply chain network. Your suppliers share due diligence information with you – such as species, country of harvest, volume and certificate number. Data is encrypted and stored securely.
With all the due diligence data in one place, it can now be assessed by the user or by a monitoring organisation and other third parties. The verification system alerts users to potential risk of non-compliance – for example if a supplier fails to declare the species of the raw material – allowing for prompt action.
Two of the core requirements of compliance – information gathering and risk assessment – are all facilitated through RADIX Tree.
A Complete Due Diligence Solution
Global Traceability and the monitoring organisation NEPCon offer a joint service combining RADIX Tree with NEPCon’s LegalSource expertise. Companies are setup with an account tailored to validate supplier data to the requirements of the EUTR. A dedicated LegalSource expert is assigned to monitor the data for risk and if required can initiate actions to mitigate risk.
Interested in our EUTR compliance solutions? Read our case study – Creating an EUTR due diligence solution for the BHB, Germany’s DIY, Construction and Garden Products Trade Association
Contact us to discuss the right solution for your business.
Note: How will Brexit Affect the EUTR in the UK?
Until March 2019 all EU laws and regulations remain in force in the UK. The due diligence requirements of the EUTR are highly likely to be maintained and enforced in Britain following the EU exit negotiations.
The EUTR in the UK is enacted through the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulation of 2013. As part of the Brexit process this will be repealed, reviewed and replaced with an equivalent British law. It is expected the same environmental standards will apply in order to maintain commonality with single market rules and a commitment to stopping the sale of illegal timber. “The UK has been among the leaders in implementing the EUTR, and all available information from the government, national NGOs, and the UK Timber Trade Federation suggests that the country remains fully committed to it.” Forest Trends’ Jade Saunders and Kerstin Canby.
For further information download the Forest Trends information brief here.