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Helping retailers and importers meet the EU Timber Regulation

In March 2013 the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation came into force. This legislation prohibits placing timber and wood products on the EU market that is illegally harvested. For importers, traders and retailers of timber and wood products, complying with the regulation can be challenging.

multiple clients | 2012 — ongoing

This EU-wide regulation sets out procedures that companies importing and trading timber or wood products within the EU must put into place to minimise the risk of illegal timber being sold. The legislation requires that due diligence is applied to all timber first placed on the EU market and also that traders, further down the supply chain, keep track of who timber or timber products were bought from, and where applicable, who they were sold to.

We have been closely involved with the development of several components of the EU Timber Regulation and therefore have an in-depth understanding of the requirements of the regulation. Proforest has via the Central Point of Expertise on Timber Procurement (CPET) over the past two years supported the UK Government in preparing for the regulation and gained a detailed understanding of the implementation challenges faced by companies while managing the CPET helpline. We are also supporting a host of different companies and organisations with the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation. Clients include Tesco, John Lewis, Waitrose, and the European Timber Trade Federation.

We have provided numerous clients with provid tailored, one-off support related to the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation, such as:

  • Evaluation of current policies and systems against the due diligence requirements of the regulation;
  • Risk assessments, supplier site visits and baseline audits against requirements; 
  • Development of guidance and training material for staff and suppliers; 
  • Delivering staff and supplier training and capacity building courses, including introductory presentations, half and full day workshops;
  • Desk research and analysis, including legality and sustainability certification standards comparisons.

We have also supplied long-term technical support to enable compliance with the EU Timber Regulation, including:

  • Identification of due diligence system needs via supply chain mapping, together with evaluation of suppliers and supply chains against performance requirements;
  • Ongoing implementation of a due diligence system including internal training, supplier engagement, and monitoring;
  • On-going support via a helpline service available to address enquiries from key staff, suppliers and contractors related to compliance with EU Timber Regulation.