UK Timber Regulation

What Brexit means for companies in the UK and the EU

Following Brexit, the UK Government has confirmed the practical implications for UK, Northern Irish and EU/EEA businesses of the UK Timber Regulation, which replaces and replicates the EU Timber Regulation.

Duties

British companies importing from the EU must carry out Due Diligence on timber:

Britische Unternehmen, die bestimmte Hölzer und Holzerzeugnisse aus der EU/dem EWR einführen, gelten jetzt als Marktteilnehmer – als Erstinverkehrbringer von Holz in Großbritannien. Da sie zuvor Produkte kauften, die bereits auf dem EU-Markt in Verkehr gebracht worden waren, galten sie als “Händler” mit eingeschränkten Pflichten (sie müssen Aufzeichnungen über Lieferanten und Kunden fünf Jahre lang aufbewahren). Als Marktteilnehmer im Rahmen der UK Timber Regulation (UKTR) müssen britische Unternehmen Sorgfaltspflichtregelungen einführen, um zu bestätigen, dass das Holz legal geerntet wurde.

Since 2013, this Due Diligence obligation also applies to products sourced from the rest of the world (no due diligence is required for timber with FLEGT and CITES licenses). However, with a significant proportion of timber purchased by UK companies coming from the EEA, this will be a significant change for many in the UK industry.

Due Diligence

European importers of British products must carry out due diligence on timber:

British exporters to the EU/EEA must provide their customers with documentation on the supply chain so that they can check the legality of the timber with due diligence. The UK is now a “third country” for the EU, so European buyers (now also defined as market participants) must check their products from the UK with the same care as products from the rest of the world. Information about the country of harvest and production, the type of wood, the certification status and the suppliers is required in order to carry out a risk assessment of the product.

No change for Northern Irish companies importing and exporting to the EU/EEA:

Due to the Brexit agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU, the EUTR continues to apply in Northern Ireland. Products traded between Northern Ireland and the EU/EEA are considered part of the Single Market and are not subject to due diligence obligations. Companies should keep records of their timber purchases and sales for five years.

Northern Irish companies must carry out due diligence on timber for British products:

As a result of the above regulation, Northern Irish companies must apply the EUTR due diligence obligation to timber products sourced from Great Britain. Timber with a FLEGT license and a CITES import permit is considered legal and does not require due diligence.

UK companies importing timber products from Northern Ireland are NOT required to carry out due diligence under the UKTR:

The UK authorities have defined UK companies buying timber already on the Northern Ireland market as traders and not operators.

Only market participants must comply with the full duty of care under the UKTR.

There will be no new due diligence checks on timber flowing from NI to the UK,” said the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

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These changes represent a new burden for many companies trading with the EU, in addition to the requirements of the rules of origin.

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