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Regulatory Corner : Understanding the new obligations from the EUTR

Around the world, new obligations are in force for timber and timber derived products in order to eradicate illegal timber

What is illegal timber?

The European Union is the prime destination of illegal wood

European Union Prime Destination for Illegal Timber

With the EUTR, the European Union wants to create greater transparency in timber trade practices

Starting March 3, 2013, placing illegally harvested timber or products derived from illegal timber on the EU market is prohibited.

The EUTR applies to wood and wood products being placed for the first time on the EU market.

A global impact on operators and traders

The regulation will directly affect the EU market with a further reaching global impact, as legislation is applicable regardless of the timber’s origin (EU/non-EU).

It imposes 3 key obligations:

The EUTR covers a wide range of timber and paper-based products

Products covered by the EUTR legislation are classified as EU Customs Combined Nomenclature codes, and cover:

The EUTR excludes products that have completed their lifecycle (recycled products) and printed media such as books or magazines.

Some products in the scope of the regulation are everyday life products (packaging, stationery, etc) that are purchased by companies not specialized in the wood or forestry sector.

They are considered as operators in the EUTR when importing these products from outside Europe.

A comprehensive list of products included in the scope can be found on a the EU Timber Regulation 2013 Website

More countries mobilizing to fight back against illegally traded timber

The United States amended the Lacey Act in 2008 to prohibit trade in illegally harvested plants and plant products.

The Australian Senate passed in December 2012 the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, prohibiting the import of illegally logged timber products and the processing of raw logs that have been illegally harvested in Australia.

The Swiss Declaration Requirement, passed in 2011, requires companies to declare species and country of origin.